Murphy urged to expand participation in wind-power initiative

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Murphy administration is being urged to open up a critical part of its offshore wind initiative to a competitive bidding process, by an unusual coalition comprising business, labor and environmental organizations.

In a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, the groups urged the state to allow independent transmission companies to participate in the initial solicitation of offshore wind developers who are vying to build wind farms off the Jersey coast, a process from which the former firms have so far been excluded.

The issue is shaping up as one of the more contentious disputes in the state’s efforts to vault New Jersey into a leadership position as the hub of the offshore wind sector …

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