The new year is off to a green start, with a bill mandating a plan to replace nearly 24 gas-fired power plants with renewable sources to be introduced Wednesday by New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides.
This is one of the most ambitious plans to phase out the City’s gas and petroleum plants, which contribute to 30 percent of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Two of these plants, including Ravenswood Generating Station which was named New York’s largest carbon polluter in 2014, produce a large percentage of the City’s locally-produced energy, making this a challenging goal to meet.
New York City’s gas and petroleum plants have affected residents for decades, exposing them to dangerous levels of emissions. The introduction of this bill is a major step towards New York’s clean energy goals for City and the State overall.