Rethinking power: New York City’s ambitious plan to convert to renewables by 2050

Posted by Ashley Graham on August 13, 2015

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With a population exceeding 8 million, it’s not surprising New York City is a large emitter of greenhouse gases. In April 2015, Mayor de Blasio released his OneNYC plan to address several issues facing the city, including environmental sustainability. One of the four visions included in the OneNYC plan is for New York City to become the most sustainable big city in the world through initiatives such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Impressively, since 2005, New York City has already decreased emissions by 19 percent.

To achieve this goal, the city jumped into action and released a request for information (RFI) in July that asks interested vendors and other third parties to provide information on how the city can transition its government operations to 100 percent renewable energy. The city recognizes the majority of greenhouse gas reductions will need to come from the power generation sector, and the government has made a commitment to investing in alternative energy sources. The city expects to release a future request for proposals that would likely result in a Power Purchase Agreement, but is currently interested in receiving responses regarding possible projects and alternative delivery options. RFI responses are due September 10, 2015.

New York City is not the only city striving for renewable power generation. In an effort to reduce its emissions 80 percent by 2050, Aspen, Colo., plans to be completely renewable-energy based later this year. In 2013, San Diego, Calif., launched its 100-percent renewable energy by 2035 plan. Similarly, San Francisco, Calif., began its drive for total renewable power in 2011, with a deadline of 2020.

Renewable energy has been a trending topic in recent years and governments are increasingly interested in pursuing renewable options to reduce expenditures. According to the GovWin IQ database, 2010 was the strongest year for renewable energy bids. While subsequent years saw decreased bid activity, procurement remains strong. Most bids for renewable energy have come out of California. This is not surprising given the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, which requires all utilities to source a minimum of 33 percent of their power from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biopower by 2020. New York and Massachusetts also show strong solicitation activity, followed by Oregon and Hawaii.


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