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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for ideas for renewable power for the city, including offshore wind, wind turbines on skyscrapers, hydropower from the Hudson and East Rivers, geothermal and increased solar. Bloomberg made an announcement for a Request for Expressions of Interest at the […]

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for ideas for renewable power for the city, including offshore wind, wind turbines on skyscrapers, hydropower from the Hudson and East Rivers, geothermal and increased solar. Bloomberg made an announcement for a Request for Expressions of Interest at the National Clean Energy Summit on Tuesday.

Bloomberg was especially bullish on off-shoring wind, saying the technology could meet 10 percent of the city’s electricity within a decade. He opined:

I think it would be a thing of beauty if, when Lady Liberty looks out on the horizon, she not only welcomes new immigrants, but lights their way with a torch powered by an ocean wind farm.


Wow — an image using the best of Americana with the latest green buzz. But even though New Yorkers could be a more welcoming bunch to huge wind turbines in their ocean views, this could still present a major challenge to NIMBYism. Homeowners who don’t want turbines spoiling their views have led to cancelled and stalled projects around the country, like the off-shore wind farm Cape Wind that calls for 130 turbines for Nantucket Sound.

Like San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom, Bloomberg has a way of getting contentious proposals passed (seemingly through sheer charm), so perhaps New York will have an easier time approving an off-shore wind plan than its neighbor up north.

(For all those reading through RSS cache, a story with a similar headline was accidently published earlier that was just prebaked notes — kindly ignore that one.)

  1. those idiot homeowners need to get with the program and understand wind turbines are the “new views”. Humankind can’t continue to generate power like cavemen since a few people want to hold on to their view. If you want a nice view, get a cool looking screen saver.

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  2. Bloomberg needs to read this [below] and do more research, if he doesn’t want to be labeled as just another “gullible politician.”

    “Who’s behind wind power?”

    http://www.nortexwind.org/Whos%20behind%20it.htm

    Powerful corporate and financial interests
    When you understand that wind energy does not work on a “utility-scale”, the next questions are “Why are they doing it?” and ultimately “Who is behind it?”

    Simply put, it’s a corporate tax-avoidance scam, put in place by investment banking lobbyists, energy industry lobbyists, and the late Ken Lay and his Enron Wind subsidiary. Through manipulation in Congress and state legislatures, they have created a guaranteed high-return investment program, heavily subsidized by taxpayers and utility ratepayers, to benefit themselves at the expense of the public. They then market this scheme to the victimized public and gullible politicians as an environmentally-friendly “renewable energy” program, and have the “big” environmental groups that they support and sustain join in a chorus of approval…

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  3. @H.D.Larsson: I kinda get the logic. Not sure I totally buy it, but I do see that it also applies to solar power, although it may be less “intermittant”. Does that mean both wind and solar “don’t work”?

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  4. [...] The majority of the Mayor’s speech was devoted to outlining his hopes for an offshore wind farm near New York. [...]

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  5. [...]Like San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom, Bloomberg has a way of getting contentious proposals passed (seemingly through sheer charm), so perhaps New York will have an easier time approving an off-shore wind plan than its neighbor up north[...]

    I don’t know; his “charm” didn’t work so well for congestion pricing, unfortunately.

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  6. alphadog- let’s just say both solar and wind don’t work nearly as well as proponents would like the rest of us to believe.

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  7. [...] Posted September 2nd, 2008 at 8:13 am in Startups With the mayors of San Francisco and New York calling for wind turbines to be placed throughout their cities, urban wind has been getting a closer look — [...]

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  8. [...] coast of Queens in conjunction with local utility Con Edison. Maybe Mayor Bloomberg will get his wind-powered Statue of Liberty after [...]

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  9. [...] cities, including San Francisco and New York, have called for more small wind systems to be installed on city buildings, so perhaps the Grand Rapids, [...]

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  10. long live wind turbines!

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