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The following information was released by Defenders of Wildlife:

The U.S. Interior Department issued its Final Record of Decision for Vineyard Wind, the nation's first utility-scale commercial offshore wind energy project. After years of uncertainty, this project is finally able to move forward with construction and should be able to provide clean, affordable power to Massachusetts by 2023.

Statement by Joy Page, Director of Renewable Energy and Wildlife:

"Today's announcement is an important step forward for offshore wind and addressing the global climate crisis. There is no doubt that we need more renewable energy if we are to reduce our nation's harmful emissions and mitigate the worst of the climate crisis. We must also ensure that this and future offshore wind projects are properly sited, constructed, and operated based on the best available science to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and other vulnerable wildlife species."

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With nearly 2.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @Defenders.


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