In federal waters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, there is a 164,750 acre area with a potential power generation capacity of 3.5 GW. It is to be auctioned in two parts in July.
The areas will be leased as the North Lease Area, and the South Lease Area by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (part of the DOE), the North Lease Area has an electricity generation capacity of 1,955 MW, and the South Lease Area 1,440 MW, enough to power more than a million homes (about 1.1 million).
This leasing program is the first of its kind of the United States.