North Shore Towers - History - Energy Independence

Energy Independence

The North Shore Towers complex has a self-generating power plant that produces electricity independent of local power companies. This was noted during the New York City Blackout of 1977 when the entire city was without power but lights were still visible in the North Shore Towers.

During the Northeast Blackout of 2003, the North Shore Towers continued to produce electricity unaffected. This resulted in extensive media coverage on the co-op's self-sufficiency with regard to energy. After seeing this news coverage of North Shore Towers’ ability to produce power during the blackout, city tax collectors sent energy tax bills to North Shore Towers and the Penn South co-op in Chelsea, Manhattan. The tax bills were for $1 million each, representing unpaid fuel taxes going back 20 years. This was extremely controversial because both co-ops produce their own power. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Councilman David Weprin (D-Queens), then Councilwoman Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), and other city officials worked towards settling the tax bills and removing future energy taxes for the co-ops. Then Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) commented that such co-ops “should be rewarded, not punished for providing their own energy.”

Read more about this topic:  North Shore Towers, History

Other articles related to "energy independence, energy":

Andrew J. Duck - Political Career - 2006 Campaign
... He supported energy independence, believing it can be achieved in 10 years his proposals included "re-engineering federal buildings to reduce government energy ... East." He also considered his plan for energy independence within 10 years to be a part of his Middle East strategy ... many topics, including their support of energy independence and opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ...
Ben R. Luján - Tenure - Energy Independence
... in environmental regulation and increased renewable energy production by 20% in New Mexico ... He is one of the leaders on energy regulation in Congress as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Green Economy and Renewable Energy Task Force he emphasizes the input of the Hispanic Community in the ... pieces of legislation regarding renewable energy such as the SOLAR Act and he co-authored the Community College Energy Training Act of 2009 ...
Energy Independence

The following articles relate to the topic of energy independence:

Energy portal
  • Energy resilience
  • Energy security
  • North American energy independence
  • Swedish Commission on Oil Independence
  • United States energy independence
Nuclear Power Phase-out - Pros and Cons of The Phase-out - Arguments Against The Phase-out - Energy Independence
... power stations could not be compensated for and predict an energy crisis or argue that only coal could possibly compensate for nuclear power and CO2 emissions will ...
Energy Policy Of The United States - Energy Independence
... Energy Independence The 1973 oil crisis made energy a popular topic of discussion in the US ... The Federal Department of Energy was started with steps planned toward energy conservation and more modern energy producers ... Petroleum Reserve was created and the National Energy Act of 1978 was introduced ...

Famous quotes containing the words independence and/or energy:

    The subject of the novel is reality liberated from soul. The reader in complete independence presented with a structured process: let him evaluate it, not the author. The façade of the novel cannot be other than stone or steel, flashing electrically or dark, but silent.
    Alfred Döblin (1878–1957)

    But often the presence of mind and energy of a person remote from the spotlight decide the course of history for centuries to come.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942)