Writes Michael P. Ventura in the Village Voice:
Winter is miserable in New York. The arctic blasts whoosh in off the water and cut through hats and scarves and coats as if they’re not even there. Other than turning up your collar, leaning forward, and squinting, there’s nothing you can do with the wind other than endure it.
For now, at least. At some point in the near future, it may be possible to harness that misery and use it for good…Cue AeroCity Windpower, a company looking to create and install self-starting vertical-axis wind turbines for city buildings. It was funded with a $1 million grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop turbines—looking less like a traditional windmill than the love child of a parking meter and an egg beater.
Ventura goes on to talk about third-term Mayor Bloomberg’s “30 initiatives to grow New York City’s Green Economy,” including green-energy institutes at Columbia and SUNY. Read more here.