Wind Turbines May Offer Green Energy In NYC

Wind Turbines Coming To NYC?

At a glance, New York City might not seem like a particularly “green” town, given all its traffic and densely built-up neighborhoods.  But on a per-capita basis, it consistently ranks as one of the most eco-friendly cities, thanks in large part to its unparalleled mass transit system and the small size of most homes and apartments.  And the city may soon get another boost to its environmental reputation with a proposed major installation of energy-producing wind turbines on Staten Island.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Staten Island’s massive Fresh Kills landfill was closed and capped with a thick layer of earth in 2001 (note: it’s an ironic name for a landfill, but “Kill” is an old term for a stream or waterway from the original Dutch settlers, in case you ever wondered.)  Since then it has been gradually developed as public parkland, but NYC wants to use some of the space for producing renewable energy as well.

Aerial View Of Fresh Kills Park
Aerial View Of Fresh Kills Park (NYC Parks / Alex MacLean)

Back in 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlined his plan to provide 10% of NYC’s electricity from wind turbines.  City government and the Department of Environmental Protection are now soliciting proposals from private energy companies to develop alternative energy facilities on several tracts of public land, with the Fresh Kills area at the forefront.

Fresh Kills Park
Fresh Kills Park (NYC Parks / Michael Falco)

Several challenges still need to be overcome, including how to physically construct structures as massive as wind turbines on top of the carefully sealed waste, but the mayor and other officials remain optimistic.  And the project seems to be a fast-track priority for the city: according to DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway, “We have a whole strategy to develop renewables in the city and it’s pretty exciting. So you’re going to see movement on this pretty fast.”

(via NY Daily News, Village Voice)

4 thoughts on “Wind Turbines May Offer Green Energy In NYC”

  1. How much does one of the generators such as the ones in Texas cost? How many years or decades does it take to get the original investment back on one? I once had a wind generator and just the yearly maintainance cost more than the value of the electricity produced.

    Also, how much energy does it take to manufacture one of those humongous giants? I have not been able to find answers to these questions.

  2. Andrea Carrazana

    I had no idea New York City was considered green, but it does make sense, come to think of it. I’m glad to see they are making plans to become more green. 10% of the energy coming from wind power is a great start.

  3. Great idea! I live in munich and there took a very similar project place a couple of yeras ago. A former landfill was also covered with earth, planted with a lot of green and on the top a wind turbine was installed. It looks quite good and is also an aesthetic improvement!

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