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Tricky political tides challenge East Coast projects

When the Department of Energy in 2012 announced the contenders for three multimillion-dollar grants to complete pilot offshore wind projects, there were seven developers in the running. Now there are six, after Maine's conservative governor successfully squelched one of the proposals in his state. Another East Coast pilot recently suffered a major setback -- a setback some local environmentalists have linked to a different Republican governor's presidential ambitions.

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