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Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids, and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

July 26, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs. Con Ed filed a proposal for a Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program, or BQDM, that it hopes can defer the cost of building a $1 billion substation.[read more]

The Big Apple Embraces Long-Duration Energy Storage

May 6, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Embracing Energy Storage

A little over two years ago we reported that utility-scale energy storage could be just “around the corner” thanks to innovative flow-battery technology that relies on a rare earth mineral called vanadium. Well, that vision leapt closer to reality last week.[read more]

Bloomberg Challenges Multifamily Buildings to Reduce Energy Waste: NYC Real Estate Industry Accepts

January 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Building Waste

Some good news out of the departing Bloomberg Administration in NYC – citywide climate change pollution is down 19% since 2005. This means that the city is already nearly two-thirds of the way toward reaching its PlaNYC goal.[read more]

New York City Takes 250,000 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

NYC Streetlight Efficiency

Last week NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city’s current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs.[read more]

New York: Green Before It Was Cool, and Still Finding New Ways to Cut Waste

October 26, 2013 by Peter Lehner

New York City and Waste

I’ve been very privileged to work on behalf of New York’s environment for decades. I was recently asked to assess, a year in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, how we’re doing in terms of building a more sustainable, resilient region.[read more]

New York City Council Votes on Legislation on Sustainable Food Waste Disposal

September 15, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

New York City and Waste Disposal

The New York City Council is scheduled to vote on important legislation that would lock in major environmental advances in the collection of food scraps and yard waste and other organic disposed items in the nation’s largest city.[read more]

Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline: Another Controversy?

May 13, 2013 by Bill Chameides

proposed Spectra natural gas pipeline

A new pipeline promises new natural gas supplies for New York City. Some tout the economic and environmental benefits that will come from it. Others decry the potential problems it brings.[read more]

Clean Energy for NYC? $2.2 Billion Electric Pipeline Gets State Approval

April 20, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

clean energy for NYC?

The pipeline will transfer one gigawatt, or 1000 megawatts, across the border to assist in providing electricity for the Big Apple. This project represents a sizable 10% increase in electric capacity for the New York City region.[read more]

Over One Billion Served: USGBC, LEED Hits Square-Foot Landmark, Keep Rolling

December 10, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

Get far enough behind, and everything converges and a sort of amorphous, daunting impossibility. In a sense, there’s something good about the way in which this has come down on me, recently, here at GBNYC. It’s been awfully quiet around here of late, as you’ve probably noticed, for all the familiar, prosaic, suffocating and plain-crappy...[read more]

The Green Skyscraper

October 9, 2010 by David Levy

This is a guest post by Joshua Rinaldi, a first year doctoral student in the McCormack School of Public Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Massive monolithic figures that cut across horizons, skyscrapers have been symbols of a city’s wealth, prosperity, and architectural ingenuity since their inception...[read more]

Bike lane as economic stimulus? Cool, but even good guys gotta do the math.

May 4, 2010 by Gil Friend

Via @ccoletta & @thejoelepstein on Twitter: CEOs for Cities reports New York City's $19B "Green Dividend" When does a bike lane become an economic stimulus? When it's part of an alternative transportation system that puts $19 billion into New York City's economy each year. Because New Yorkers drive substantially less than the...[read more]

The Top Five Cities for Clean Energy Jobs

February 19, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Workers stand outside the Rebuilding Center in Portland, OR, which is the nation’s largest nonprofit for salvaged construction and remodeling materials.  The Center offers employees living wage positions with benefits. Portland created more than 20,000 green jobs in 2007 alone. This is a CAP repost. Clean energy jobs continue to...[read more]

Marquiss Wind Power to NYC: Test Drive a Free Wind Turbine

August 26, 2008 by Stephen Del Percio

Apparently unfazed by recent skepticism from local engineers and architects aimed at Mayor Bloomberg’s plans to install wind turbines on Gotham’s skyscrapers and bridges, California-based Marquiss Wind Power has offered to donate one of its turbine systems to the city in order to demonstrate that the Mayor’s idea is in fact viable. The...[read more]

Manhattan Commercial Green Building Survey with Spotlight on Green Rehabs

October 16, 2007 by Stephen Del Percio

This week’s issue of Crain’s New York Business includes the paper’s most recent Real Estate Report, which focuses on green building projects in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1"?>New York City’s commercial and residential sectors. gbNYC has previously discussed many of the new commercial projects presented in the article, titled Eco-towers...[read more]