Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Clean Power

NYC Successfully Installs Tidal-Power Turbine in East River

After two failed attempts, New York City has installed a new-and-improved aluminum alloy turbine in the East River, the only of its kind in the United States.

[social_buttons]The turbine is the first of 300 which the city hopes to install in the waterway. Unlike the typical river which flows in a constant direction, the East River is a tidal straight with strong, fluctuating currents which allow for more efficient power generation. Once in place, the system could provide electricity to 10,000 households.

The city is desperate to create viable alternative energy solutions as power consumption continues to climb and transmission lines from power plants upstate struggle to keep up. The turbines are part of an ambitious plan to generate 80 percent of NYC’s electricity within city limits, including usage of wind, solar, and tidal energy.

The river power project was initially proposed in 2000 but was rejected by the state senate. After being accepted years later, the project still faced technology and research hurdles. The city has spent $2 million in the past few years studying the impact the turbines would have on local fish and bird populations, but so far it seems that the animals avoid the blades and escape harm. However, regulations state that the impact on the waterway’s animal life must be monitored continuously.

The first two attempts had their blades torn off by the strong currents, which is a testament to how much power stands to be harnessed from the river. Verdant Power, a small energy company hired for the job, said that this third version was thoroughly tested before being installed; so far it has worked, and is already powering a nearby supermarket. If the blades continue to hold together, the city should soon give further production and installation a green light.

Photo Credit: Midweekpost on Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Other Posts Relating to New York City and Alternative Energy:

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

is primarily concerned with animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice. As a freelance writer in San Francisco, he leads a deliberately simplistic and thrifty lifestyle, yet still can’t help gawking at the newest green gadgets and zero-emission concept cars.


You May Also Like


Michael Barnard spoke with serial successful entrepreneur Bill Nussey. He just published a book, Freeing Energy, about solar and storage behind the meter.


2021 was a big year for natural gas bans as cities continue to lead the way in phasing out gas from homes and buildings....

Clean Power

Solar panels are sprouting up in farms and rural communities all over the countryside, winning hearts and minds, if not votes.

Clean Power

The California Public Utilities Commission is poised to overhaul the state’s main solar incentive program, known as net metering. The agency’s proposal would effectively...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.