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Proposed New England Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) Test Area

Recent developments in furthering the development of wind energy generation include the establishment of the Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology, created to develop in-ocean test sites for energy conversion devices and accelerate the commercialization of new technologies. MREC is currently funding wind (shallow, transition and deep-water) and tidal resource assessment and environmental survey work in Edgartown and Nantucket within a proposed National Offshore Renewable Energy Innovation Zone that would support full scale testing of wave and wind energy devices. This dataset depicts the general proposed location of the innovation zone, although the specific delineation is currently under review by the Minerals Management Service.
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