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NYC: The Windmill City

With Mayor Bloomberg's plan to convert all the cabs in New York from yellow to Green in full swing, he's now pushing a new idea for energy...




With Mayor Bloomberg's plan to convert all the cabs in New York from yellow to Green in full swing, he's now pushing a new idea for energy efficiency in NYC: windmills. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg "is seeking to put wind turbines on the city's bridges and skyscrapers and in its waters as part of a wide-ranging push to develop renewable energy." In a recent speech about how New York City is going to be the greenest metropolis ever, he described a future in which Lady Liberty's torch is "powered by an ocean wind farm."

It was decided back in 2003 that the top section of the WTC site Freedom Tower will be devoted to windmills to generate a fifth of the building's power, and New York already sports tidal turbines powering Roosevelt Island, so a few wind turbines tucked about the cityscape should fit right in. But thanks to bureaucratic hurdles (Oliasson's waterfalls required over 20 permits from different city departments) and the city's recent problems with unscrupulous construction, experts are saying that windmills affixed to buildings and bridges might remain distant reality.