Federal Lawmakers Urge Christie to Get the Lead Out on Offshore Wind

Federal Lawmakers Urge Christie to Get the Lead Out on Offshore Wind


By:  Tom Johnson
NJ Spotlight


Gov. Chris Christie needs to get moving on implementing a five-year-old law aimed at promoting offshore wind farms along the Jersey coast, according to the state’s two U.S. senators and a senior member of the congressional delegation.

In a letter to the governor yesterday, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with fellow Democrat Rep. Frank Pallone, said despite signing the law in 2010, the Christie administration has failed to enact the key provision that would pave the way to building the wind farms.

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will auction early next month leases for 344,833 acres along the Jersey Shore to develop offshore wind power. But wind developers and clean-energy advocates say no wind farms will be built unless the state adopts regulations that would help pay for the construction of the facilities.

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