Mayor Aims to Make Big Apple Windmill City
Wind could supply 10% of city's power under bold plan
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 2:32 AM CDT
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses alternative energy at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas yesterday.   (AP Photo/Louie Traub)
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(Newser) – Mayor Mike Bloomberg has unveiled a bold plan to harness alternative energy to power New York City, the New York Times reports. The mayor is calling for windmills to be built on the city's bridges and skyscrapers, and for offshore wind farms to be created that could supply 10% of the city's electricity in 10 years. Bloomberg has asked companies for proposals for renewable energy projects.

"When it comes to producing clean power, we’re determined to make New York the No. 1 city in the nation," Bloomberg told an alternative energy conference yesterday. Green energy could help the city avoid blackouts, although skeptics note that Bloomberg has only 18 months left in office to accomplish his ambitious plans.