The Department of Interior held its first offshore wind auction July 31 for 164,750 acres off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The next step for the winner, Deepwater Wind New England LLC, is to submit a site assessment plan within six months; if the plan is approved, a construction and operations plan must be submitted within 4.5 years. A second auction will be held September 4 for 112,800 acres off the coast of Virginia.