By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The areas in question are the designated Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) off the shores of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

“America’s offshore wind resources offer great potential for helping the Eastern seaboard and spurring new jobs and innovation,” says Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

“The Smart from the Start initiative will help companies identify areas offshore that are best suited for wind development, while also reducing the potential for costly delays and red tape.”

The developments are part of Salazar’s Smart from the Start initiative for Atlantic offshore wind development under the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).