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Mayoral Candidates Discuss Energy Policies

On April 22, I attended the 2013 New York City Mayoral Forum on Sustainability, hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters and the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. It was the first time all nine mayoral hopefuls appeared together. The candidates answered questions on issues from carbon emissions reduction to flood zone redevelopment to city parks. Here’s a summary of the participants’ comments on energy.

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Assessing NY’s Solar Accomplishments through the Open PV Project

When talking about New York and New York City’s solar energy shortfalls, comparisons are often made to the relative accomplishments of PV heavy hitters California and New Jersey. However, when looking at the U.S. as a whole, New York solar doesn’t come out looking so bad. The five counties that make up New York City also rank well compared to the rest of the state, depending on what you’re looking at.

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NYC Boroughs Lag Far Behind Other Counties on Solar

Here’s a news flash that should come as no surprise to anyone that follows solar energy in New York City: the five boroughs have far less PV installed than many other counties in the state. According to the latest “New York by the Numbers” report from the Center for an Urban Future, an NYC-based public policy think tank, New York State installed 8,900 solar systems from 2003 to 2011 but just 360 – or 4 percent – were in the City. Moreover, none of the five boroughs ranks in the top 10 counties for PV.

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Suggested Reading: 6/15/10

What has the city done lately for alternative energy? Read on to find out.