Wind power coming to New York City
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has regularly raised the possibility of tapping into wind power to generate renewable electricity, but many such projects violate current zoning laws. Now some of those rules could begin to change, allowing large wind turbines on some taller buildings and, in particular, industrial waterfront buildings.
Adding onto a successful project recently implemented in the city that saw solar power systems added to some of its landfills, the Bloomberg administration also noted that it plans to build a new wind plant on a landfill in Staten Island. But perhaps the most important development was the announcement that the city is pursuing a major 350-megawatt wind farm off the shore from Queens. The plant could potentially grow as large as 700 megawatts.
The American Wind Energy Association notes that New York state boasted the 12th-largest wind capacity in the country as of the end of 2011, but growth was somewhat slow last year.