"Federal Government Opens More Ocean to Wind Projects"

"Enthusiasm for offshore wind projects may have cooled among developers in the United States these days, but the Obama administration is still trying to make a ribbon of wind farms off the Atlantic Coast a reality."

"On Thursday, Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, and Tommy P. Beaudreau, the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said the government had completed an environmental review and found that selling leases for wind energy would not create environmental problems in the designated “wind energy areas” off the coasts of Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware.

The finding allows the start of a public comment period and could result in leases by the end of the year, officials said."

Diane Cardwell reports for the New York Times' Green blog February 2, 2012.

Source: Green (NYT), 02/03/2012