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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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.
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.
What has the city done lately for alternative energy? Read on to find out.
- MTA, NYPA roll out solar panels at Coney Island station to help reduce fossil fuel (Daily News): They’re actually solar thermal panels used to heat water for cleaning subway cars.
- Perhaps New York Wants Solar Too Much (Huffington Post): An interesting take on the tangled web of PV incentives and paperwork.
- NYC Creates ‘Solar Empowerment Zones’ (Environmental Leader): The city will help residents of certain areas of Brooklyn and Staten Island with technical assessments and navigating the incentives process.
- Urge New York State Legislators to Pass Solar Jobs Act (Treehugger): An op-ed I can get behind!