The Department of Interior announced November 30 that it will offer for lease about 278,000 acres in two wind energy areas, one off the coast of Virginia and a second off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The proposed lease areas will accommodate 4 GW of wind energy generation, enough to power 1.4 million homes. The Rhode Island and Massachusetts wind energy area covers 164,750 acres and would be auctioned off as two leases, while the Virginia wind energy area covers 112,800 acres and would be auctioned as a single lease.