The state's Board of Public Utilities has approved a $12 million rebate program.
The companies will receive $4 million if they construct towers offshore to gather weather information by the end of next year for wind farms that generate at least 200 megawatts of energy.
The state in October picked /*Garden State Offshore Energy*/ to explore building what could be the nation's first offshore wind farm.
But Gov. /*Jon Corzine*/ now wants to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind power by 2012. That would triple by 2020.
So /*Bluewater Wind*/ and /*Fishermen's Energy*/ became eligible for the exploratory funding.
Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com
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