With the closing of the Indian Point nuclear power plant underway, New York City’s electrical power will become largely fossil-fuel-based until renewables come online in a meaningful way. At the same time, the stringent carbon caps set by Local Law 97 directly link buildings to that grid. As owners, operators and designers map out energy retrofits, they now have a stake in when and how renewables get to NYC.
NYC'S ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
In 2018, fossil fuel generators supplied two-thirds of the city’s electricity. After Indian Point nuclear plant completely shuts down in 2021, fossil fuels will provide almost all of NYC's power until additional renewables come online.
Cleaning the grid will require dramatic changes to electricity generation, transmission and distribution to NYC buildings, all while maintaining grid reliability. Urban Green is working to bring this challenge front and center and has a range of go-to resources to help you understand our changing grid.
- State of the NYC Grid Brief
- 2020 Conference Recording: Unlocking the Grid
- 2020 Conference Recap: How Doable are Renewables in NYC?
- Event Recording: Hydro's Potential in a Zero Carbon Future
- Event Recap: Building Towards a Low-Carbon Grid
- Event Recap: Bringing Canadian Renewables to NYC
- Blog: What Does Closing Indian Point Mean for NYC Emissions