On Feb. 18, more than 100 New Yorkers were to join community groups, environmental justice leaders, national environmental organizations, and local officials on the steps of New York City’s City Hall to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for his commitment to power 100% of city operations with renewables and urge him to ensure that offshore wind plays a major role in achieving that goal.
At the rally, a letter signed by over 50 diverse organizations calling for offshore wind power was delivered to the mayor, said the Sierra Club in a Feb. 18 statement. The letter highlights the potential of offshore wind power to reduce pollution and spark transformative job creation in New York City and across the state. Prioritizing offshore wind power for NYC is also crucial for meeting de Blasio’s broader goal of cutting climate pollution in New York City 80% by 2050 and 35% within government operations by 2025, the letter said. The letter also calls on New York State and the federal government to take the actions necessary to launch offshore wind power for New York.
With the Supreme Court recently issuing a temporary stay to President Barack Obama’s CO2-reducing Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, moving forward to develop clean energy—and especially offshore wind—has never been more important, the club said.
Quotes from event partners included:
- State Senator Brad Hoylman, Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee – “The construction and utilization of offshore wind power has the potential to transform New York’s economy and environment, replacing dirty coal with a clean and abundant form of energy. As New York strives to meet the goal of 50 percent generation of electricity from carbon-free renewable by 2030 outlined in Governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s ambitious Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, wind power will play an increasingly essential role. Achievement of these long-term goals, however, will require a long-term commitment from our state.
- New York City Councilman Ben Kallos – “Thanks to Mayor de Blasio, New York City is leading by example by pledging to make the switch to renewable energy. Investing in offshore wind power will help us make that transition while creating jobs for New Yorkers and reducing local air pollution.”
- Lisa Dix, Sierra Club, Senior Representative of the New York Beyond Coal campaign – “With his bold commitment to power city operations with 100 percent renewable energy, Mayor de Blasio is continuing to set a high bar for climate leadership, and we’re calling on him to make offshore wind a significant part of reaching that 100 percent goal. Not only is offshore wind power poised to make a serious dent in our climate pollution, but a significant commitment to developing offshore wind promises improved urban air quality, long-term job creation across a wide variety of sectors, lower, more predictable energy costs, and the opportunity to invest our energy dollars locally.”
- Patrick Robbins, Co-Director, Sane Energy Project – “Offshore wind energy has the power to transform our city. This technology could create good local jobs, make us more resilient in the face of climate change, and hasten our transition away from the dirty fuels of the past. The sooner Mayor de Blasio commits to offshore wind, the sooner we can make that transformation a reality, and lead New York State into the renewable economy.”
- Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York – “Offshore wind is a proven technology worldwide that needs to grow in New York. The offshore wind industry stands ready to help New York City meet its clean energy goals.”