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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 29, 2012

Projects to Add Wind Power for City Gain Momentum

MIREYA NAVARRO  •  New York Times  •  Posted 2012-02-29 13:15:00

Despite Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s long-expressed dream of putting wind turbines on skyscrapers and bridges, the constraints of an urban landscape have so far proved too challenging for reliable wind power in the city, energy experts said. As a result, New York City has been largely inactive — and behind the national curve — in embracing wind power. But that is about to change. This spring, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection will solicit plans for the first major wind project, the installation of turbines atop the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island. And city planners are working on zoning changes, now under review by the City Planning Commission, to allow turbines up to 55 feet high on the rooftops of buildings taller than 100 feet, and even taller turbines on commercial and industrial sites along the waterfront. [ read more … ]

U.S. still underfunding energy research — Bill Gates

Gabriel Nelson  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-29 13:15:26

Energy Secretary Steven Chu spent the afternoon on Capitol Hill defending President Obama’s proposed DOE budget for next year, but his agency’s research programs got firm support earlier in the day from Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates. Energy development programs deserve twice as much money as they get now, Gates said during a panel discussion with Chu. [ read more … ]

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