Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell say more than 742,000 more acres off the Massachusetts coast are being opened for commercial wind energy leases.
A federal judge has dismissed latest efforts by opponents to derail a proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
Technical rescue crews were called in to help free someone who had gotten stuck inside a wind turbine.
State and federal environmental officials are planning two public meetings to discuss offshore wind power development in Massachusetts.