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.
Archive for the ‘Geothermal’ Category
New York State could get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and earn back its infrastructure investments in 10 years, according to a study by a team of researchers.
The researchers’ plan calls for 271 GW of energy with a mix of 40% offshore wind, 10% onshore wind, 10% concentrated solar, 10% mega PV plants, 12% commercial and government rooftop solar, 6% small residential PV, 5% geothermal, 1% tidal, 0.5% wave and 5.5% hydroelectric power, the majority of which is already in use.
A round-up of articles I found fascinating:
- Drive for geothermal power heats up on US campuses (Associated Press via wtop.com): As seems to be typical in New York, the Theological Seminary’s project tripled in cost because of regulation setbacks.
- Building Sustainability for PlaNYC (Policy Innovations): An analysis of the Greener, Greater Building Plan (which passed this week without mandatory retrofits) and PlaNYC as a whole.
- NY Awards $3M to Clean Energy Businesses (Gouverneur Times): Two NYC grant winners are Locus Energy, a software company, and Rentricity, which harvests energy from excess pressure in water pipes.
- Plan Advances to Build Wind Farm Off New York (Wall Street Journal): The wind farm would be the nation’s largest and could power 200,000 homes by 2015.
- NY students create wind-powered menorah (Associated Press via WCAX.com): Just because it’s entertaining. Happy Chanukah!
A little over a year ago as a senior at NYU, I wrote my Honors Journalism Thesis on solar energy in New York City (see Sun City, Street Level Fall 2008). Since then, my career as a journalist has taken me in a bit of a different direction. However, I’m still very interested in alternative energy sources and so I’ve decided to start the NYC Renewable blog to get back into that world. (Full disclosure: I’d also like to keep my job options open by writing about a subject matter completely different from what I do for my day job.)
Since I’ve been out of the game for a while – and my expertise was only in solar at the time anyway – I’m going to take the next month to study up in order to be able to write intelligently about renewables in New York. Who knows, I may find that the topic is too narrow and I need to broaden it (or, unlikely, that taking on all the various energy alternatives is too daunting a task). I’ll also be taking this time to format the blog and develop its look.
As of right now, I plan on posting at least a weekly “must read” list of news articles and other sources, as much for myself as for anyone who might be reading the blog. Once I get into the swing of things, I envision posts on news, events, and hopefully one day interviews and original reporting.
Please check back regularly for updates, and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.