Bloomberg: Ocean Wind Power for the Statue of Liberty?

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.

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