Keep Hunts Point cool: Experts recommend geothermal power

Keep Hunts Point cool: Experts recommend geothermal power

2019-09-18T05:19:36+00:00September 18th, 2019|Water Energy|

Hunts Point could head in a new energy direction, should the city accept a leading think tank’s recommendations.

The Urban Land Institute debuted a report Monday proposing that the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, which the city’s Economic Development Corp. oversees, set up a geothermal system to power its operations and supply the heating and cooling needs of the surrounding residential areas. The EDC commissioned the study with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the aftermath of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, with the aim of slashing emissions at the sprawling warehouse and wholesale market complex and fortifying it against future extreme weather incidents.

While the EDC suggested that the Urban Land Institute explore the prospects for hydropower development, the nonprofit’s panel of architects, engineers, local stakeholders and energy industry leaders argued that such a system would neither generate adequate electricity nor insulate the center from a storm surge. Instead, it proposed the facility dig deeper—literally.

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