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Microsoft and Jeff Bezos are backing this start-up that aims to retrofit millions of old buildings with ‘green’ energy

In a four-story apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, a very small company is implementing a very big idea: Electrify every building in the United States by leasing landlords the necessary equipment to make the transition.

03/15/22
                                                               

Is This Finally the Year of the Electric Car?

Last summer, Hank Gutman, serving as New York’s transportation commissioner, encountered a couple in the Bronx who were charging their Nissan Leaf, running an extension cord out of their apartment window and across the sidewalk. Mr. Gutman was already very concerned about current infrastructure supporting electric vehicles in the city, but this moment had a crystallizing effect. To convert New York City into an electric-car mecca was a very different prospect from turning the tides in suburban New Jersey.

03/11/22
                                                               

Mayor Adams Announces Agreement to Transform South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Into Leading Offshore Wind Hub

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced an agreement that will transform the city-owned South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) into one of the largest offshore wind port facilities in the nation. The agreement will help establish New York as a leader in offshore wind and help the New York City meet its nation-leading climate goals of 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

03/03/22
                                                               

Can Quebec’s Dams Power New York City? Blackstone Is Betting $4.5 Billion on It.

Construction is expected to begin this spring on one of the largest renewable energy projects in New York since Niagara Falls was harnessed for hydropower more than a half-century ago.

02/18/22
                                                               

New York City is banning natural gas hookups for new buildings to fight climate change

The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to pass legislation banning the use of natural gas in most new construction, a move that will substantially slash climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions from the country’s most populous city.

12/15/21
                                                               
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New York City Is Betting Big on Offshore Wind Turbines

New York City is making a big investment in renewable energy that will literally change the city’s landscape. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for a $191 million investment in offshore wind turbines that will help the city reach a goal of 100% clean electricity production by 2030 and reaching full carbon neutrality by 2050. Developed in collaboration with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Offshore Wind Vision plan promises to reduce 34.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing 500,000 cars from Manhattan streets, while generating 13,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in average annual investments.

09/29/21
                                                               

Rikers Island could become renewable energy hub

New York’s notorious jail on Rikers Island is expected to close by 2027. And the site could next be used to produce clean energy. New York’s city council has passed legislation calling for research on the potential for solar arrays, wind turbines, and battery storage on Rikers. This comes after years of advocacy by environmental justice groups and formerly incarcerated people.

09/27/21
                                                               

Mayor de Blasio Announces Offshore Wind Vision for New York City

Mayor de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced a 15-year, $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) plan to make New York City a leading destination for the offshore wind industry. The plan also ensures the city meets nation-leading climate goals of 100-percent clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

09/23/21
                                                               

NYS selects 2 green energy projects for massive NYC decarbonization plan

City and state leaders hope that two green energy infrastructure projects will help decarbonize New York City into a greener future that moves them away from its reliance on fossil fuels, which fuels 85% of the city’s electricity.

09/21/21
                                                               

Renewable Energy Coming To Astoria Fossil Fuel Plant, Says Hochul

Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Monday that she would work to transition New York City from fossil fuels to renewable energy, pointing at a fossil fuel-burning plant in Astoria where a debate between gas and renewable energy is currently unfolding.

“We’ll be shutting down unhealthy facilities like the Astoria facility,” the governor said at the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC, an international summit focused on climate action where she announced two new contracts that will bring enough renewable energy to plants in Queens to power 2.5 million citywide homes annually.

09/20/21