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A small boat passes through the windmills of the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Ramsgate in Kent, England, in this 2010 file photo. The US Interior Department announced Nov. 30, 2012, that it would sell competitive leases for two offshore wind farms: one off the Massachusetts/Rhode Island coast and the other off the Virginia coastline. (Gareth Fuller/PA/AP/File)

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Federal plans to sell competitive leases next year for offshore wind farms off Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia are a first. Each offshore wind farm could power 700,000 homes.

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