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City-owned buildings must use green energy by 2050 under new law


City-owned buildings will have to be completely powered by green energy by 2050 under a bill passed by the City Council Wednesday.


The legislation requires public buildings to get their electricity from sources like solar, wind, hydropower or geothermal energy.


The law says the buildings must get half their power from green energy by 2030, before increasing to 100% in the following decades.

City buildings will be able to get their electricity from sources like solar, wind, hydropower or geothermal energy.

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Council Speaker Corey Johnson said it was one step the city could take “to save our planet at a time when the federal government questions the rapid climate change we face.”


Another bill that passed Wednesday allows the installation of small wind turbines to generate electricity on the roofs of buildings in the city.

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