Talk about a man on a mission! NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major step towards powering 100% of the city’s energy needs with renewable energy sources. During his announcement last week, the mayor explained that he had made an official Request for Information in order to identify new renewable energy generation capacity for NYC, saying that the city is ready to put “our money where our mouth is” when it comes to green power.

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Currently, NYC spends between $600 million and $650 million a year on traditional electricity consumption. The mayor’s plan to power the city with 100% renewable sources would mean leveraging that purchasing power to mobilize new sources of renewable power, subsequently reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the city. The renewable energy strategy is part of the mayor’s ambitious goal of working towards reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by the year 2050.

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“This is a call to the marketplace: the biggest energy customer you’ll find is ready to put our money where our mouth is when it comes to renewable power,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Our administration has made an unprecedented commitment to dramatically reducing our environmental footprint, becoming the largest city in the world to commit to 80×50. Now, by leveraging our energy purchasing power, we aim to catalyze new capacity, chart a path to powering 100 percent of City government from renewables, and make clear why New York City remains a global leader in the fight against climate change.”

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