As a leader in various fields spanning the arts to finance, New York City has unsurprisingly been experimenting with innovative sustainability initiatives. With consideration to changing climate conditions, a growing city population and aging infrastructure, the importance of these programs cannot be underscored enough. This is why Untapped Cities is launching a new sustainability column, which we recently announced in conjunction with a new interactive video from green energy company Ørsted, “Home,” which you can watch a preview for below:
Our new column will address the initiatives that are making cities more livable and providing a better quality of life for all New Yorkers. It will tackle sustainability in its many forms, from environmental practices and mass transit policies to the construction of affordable housing units.
To kick things off, here is a look at 10 of the most exciting sustainable energy projects currently unfolding in New York City:
10. East River Getting Energy from the Tides
Image via Verdant Power, Inc.
As part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, 30 Gen5 KHPS turbines were installed along the East River’s East Channel, a tidal strait that connects the Long Island Sound with the Atlantic Ocean in the New York Harbor. The initiative — the first ever commercially licensed tidal energy project in the United States — was led by Verdant Power, Inc.
Although Verdant has been developing and testing prototypes in the East River since 2002, the turbines were fully installed in 2015. They use tides and currents to generate 1,050 kilowatts of energy that is utilized by 9,500 New York residents. In addition, they also collect data about river sediment and environmental impacts on fish.
Check out the interactive video “Home” at loveyourhome.orsted.com.