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Big Offshore Wind Farms Win Maryland, Massachusetts Approval

  • Officials pick four projects to supply clean power and jobs
  • Offshore turbines seen as key to Northeast’s energy future
Views Of General Electric Co.'s First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm
Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

Four offshore wind power projects in two East Coast states won the backing of government officials Friday, as the region increasingly eyes offshore turbines as a source of clean energy.

Maryland regulators approved credits to two developers, Orsted AS and US Wind, each proposing to install enough turbines to generate more than 800 megawatts of electricity. Massachusetts picked Avangrid Inc. and a joint venture of Shell New Energies US and OW North America to develop offshore wind farms that, combined, will produce 1,632 megawatts of electricity.