- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Democrats from New Jersey’s congressional delegation are pushing Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to finalize a funding mechanism for offshore wind energy projects ahead of a federal auction to sell lease rights for wind farms off the state’s coast.

Christie signed legislation in 2010 designed to make the state a leader in offshore wind energy. It guaranteed a purchase price that would help cover the upfront costs of building the farms. But the state Board of Public Utilities hasn’t finalized the mechanism.

Several members of Congress sent Christie a letter Wednesday urging him to get a plan in place. The federal government recently announced it will auction off the lease rights to nearly 344,000 acres for wind farms off the state’s coast.

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