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Offshore Wind Turbines More Likely as Auction Set

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. The sale is set for Jan. 29.

Gov. Deval Patrick said his administration has worked with federal, state, tribal, industry and community representatives to put the infrastructure and planning pieces in place to make Massachusetts what he called "the launch pad for the U.S. offshore wind industry."

"This offshore wind energy area not only has the capacity to generate enough electricity to power half the homes in Massachusetts, but it will create local jobs and a renewable and homegrown source of power," Patrick said in a statement Monday.

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