What If...New York relied on 100% renewable energy sources?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This month, we address visitors’ questions on energy. New Yorkers use two-thirds less of it per capita than the average American, but this is still an energy-intensive city – New York is responsible for about 50 million tons of CO2 emissions per year. Could a city as large as New York go 100% renewable, sourcing all of its energy from wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass power? Rapid advances in renewable energy efficiency and transmission have made this goal potentially achievable, but questions remain about the long-term reliability of these methods of generating power and the costs associated with a transition.

Should New York, a city itself threatened by the consequences of climate change, make the change to go 100% renewable, or do the costs outweigh the benefits?

Visitors in the gallery asked...

Our panel of experts responded...

The conversation continues! 

Add your thoughts to the discussion by tweeting @museumofcityNY with #whatifMCNY or visit the What If Table to submit your own question in the Future City Lab, part of our signature exhibition New York At Its Core

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