Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Bloomberg administration set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions for City-owned buildings 30% by 2017, and put the City ahead of schedule to meet it.
153 energy-efficiency retrofits of City-owned buildings were completed as part of the City’s commitment to reduce City government greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017. This amounted to over $6.4 million in energy cost savings and 39.8 electricity savings (KWH) annually.
Greener, Greater Building Plan
Energy efficiency initiatives in large existing buildings undertaken by the Bloomberg administration will reduce GHG emissions by 5%, and generate a net savings of $7 billion for energy customers.
Green Codes Task Force
The Task Force’s 29 recommendations were enacted and will reduce GHG emissions by almost 5%.
The NYC Solar Map was created along with five Solar Empowerment Zones. These zones are areas where installing solar energy systems will provide the greatest benefits to the electric distribution system, and home and building owners in these areas are eligible for free data monitoring systems among other benefits.
Resiliency of the Electric Grid
The Bloomberg administration advocated that regulatory measures be implemented to ensure that in the event of a blackout, the most critical in-city power plants retain the ability to restart themselves without the need for any external power sources.
Solar Energy at City-owned Sites
In 2013, New York City produced about 20 megawatts of solar energy, which is about 20 times the amount the city did when the Bloomberg administration launched PlaNYC in 2007.
Newtown Creek Renewable Gas Project
National Grid and New York City Department of Environmental Protection worked together to deliver renewable gas from the largest waste water treatment plant in New York City. This was one of the first projects in the United States to directly inject renewable gas into the distribution system by utilizing digester gas from a waste water treatment plant.
Supported New Natural Gas Transmission Infrastructure
Despite growing demand, New York City hadn’t had a new major direct interstate gas transmission line built in over 40 years. To meet the need, New Jersey and New York supported construction of the New Jersey/New York pipeline which runs through two locations on Staten Island back through New Jersey and into Gansevoort Pier. The Spectra Pipeline began operation in early November 2013.
A state-of-the-art solar power station at Freshkills Park will produce enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes. The station increases New York City’s renewable energy capacity by half.