Salazar: 2nd U.S. offshore-wind lease may be OK'd in a few weeks

10/12/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The Department of the Interior may approve a second offshore-wind lease in the next few weeks, said Secretary Ken Salazar at the American Wind Energy Association's Offshore WINDPOWER conference in Baltimore. After approving Massachusetts' Cape Wind project last year, Salazar pledged to streamline the permitting process for offshore-wind proposals. The department has also identified areas in the waters off Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey for wind-energy development.

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