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Environmentalists call for renewable energy at N.Y. Capitol/Empire State Plaza complex

ALBANY — Local environmentalists say plans to revamp the massive heating and cooling as well as power system for the state Capitol building and adjacent Empire State Plaza should rely on renewables rather than natural gas, as currently proposed.

And on Thursday, they offered up a detailed report on how that could be done.

“We’ve done more homework,” said Keith Schue, a member of the Sheridan Hollow Alliance of Renewable Energy, or SHARE. “We know there is a better way to do this.”

The organization released its findings and sent them to state agencies as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The 36-page document rebuts earlier plans by the New York Power Authority that calls for installing two gas-fired turbines in the Sheridan Hollow facility, a few blocks north of the Capitol/Plaza complex.

Instead, SHARE believes the state building complex should rely on a combination of geothermal wells, renewable sources such as solar panels and Hudson River water to help cool or heat the buildings, depending on the season.

The report also comes after lawmakers earlier in the year approved stringent new goals aimed at making New York’s economy free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The ambitious plan, which aims to greatly lessen fossil fuel …read more

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