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With the recent announcement of the third NYC panel on climate change, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been making waves in the realm of clean energy. Now, he’s quickly becoming the most environmentally-active mayor in New York City history.
De Blasio recently announced a Request for Information (RFI) to identify new renewable energy generation capacity. The goal is to power 100 percent of City government operations from renewable sources of energy.
New York City currently spends between $600 million and $650 million per year on electricity. City officials hope to redirect funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop innovative ideas to eventually generate 100 percent of electricity for renewable sources.
This is in line with the City’s previous commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by the year 2050. Mayor de Blasio emphasized the City’s commitment to the issue.
“This is a call to the marketplace: the biggest energy customer you’ll find is ready to put our money where our mouth is when it comes to renewable power. Our administration has made an unprecedented commitment to dramatically reducing our environmental footprint, becoming the largest city in the world to commit to 80×50,” he said.
“Now, by leveraging our energy purchasing power, we aim to catalyze new capacity, chart a path to powering 100 percent of City government from renewables, and make clear why New York City remains a global leader in the fight against climate change.”
The City is hoping that the RFI will help them identify new generation capacity over existing sources of renewable energy. Responses are due by September 10th, 2015.
Russell Unger, Executive Director of Urban Green Council, weighed in with an overall framework and criteria for success.
“When it comes to reducing New York City’s carbon pollution, there are two sides of the equation.First, we have to focus on reducing our energy use, and that’s exactly what the City is tackling through One City: Built to Last and the Technical Working Group,” he said.
“Second, we need to green our energy supply. This new RFI sets us on a path toward 100 percent renewable power for electricity, which would make the City the largest green power purchaser in the country. It would be bigger than the top 30 local government purchasers combined.”
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