Council passes bill to encourage wind energy
by Meghan Sackman
May 04, 2018 | 3367 views | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Just weeks after Earth Day, the New York City Council passed legislation to encourage the adoption of wind energy and decrease emissions and pollution.

The first bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to conduct regular wind resource assessments to identify areas where wind turbines would be effective. The maps will be available online so property owners can decide whether to install them.

The second bill would regulate small-wind turbines, including how to maintain and remove them, design and color standards and when they would need to be locked before a hurricane. It would also provide information on the maximum amount of noise turbines are allowed to emit.

“As we work to meet our goal of reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050, we must replace our use of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, including wind energy,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides, chair of the Environmental Protection Committee. “With new technologies making wind turbines more practical to use in cities, we must work to encourage their use and decrease impediments that New Yorkers may encounter when trying to install them.”

According to Constantinides, wind energy not only produces fewer emissions and air pollution than petroleum fuels or natural gas, but it also improves air quality and public health outcomes.

The councilman said the city now has few regulations or public resources on wind turbines. As a result, it can be burdensome to install them on buildings, he said.

“Many people do not know that it is actually possible to put wind turbines on their homes or buildings,” added Councilman Rafael Espinal. “Most people think of wind turbines as huge structures in faraway places, but this legislation will spread awareness of the realities of wind turbines.”
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