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Interior Reverses Trump Stance That Put Hurdles on Offshore Wind

April 9, 2021, 7:31 PM

The Biden administration sided with the offshore wind industry Friday, rescinding a legal opinion under President Donald Trump that made it tougher for companies to place turbines off of U.S. coasts.

The Interior Department Solicitor’s Office issued a new opinion “that highlights the importance of striking a rational balance between multiple, potentially competing factors when making a decision on offshore renewable energy activities,” an agency spokesperson said in an email.

The Trump administration in December issued the now-rescinded opinion. It raised the bar for offshore wind development by elevating the relative importance of other possibly competing ocean activities, including the...

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