NEW YORK CITY-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at the 2008 National Clean Energy Summit, revealed Manhattan’s first steps toward developing new sources of renewable energy, including off-shore windfarms, which could include ideas of including wind turbines on top of New York City’s bridges and skyscrapers, and the generation of tidal power, solar power and geothermal energy.

The New York City Economic Development Corp., on behalf of the City, released a Request for Expressions of Interest that will call for “innovative ideas to help New York City develop sources of renewable energy.” Responses to the RFEI are due in September.

Hugh Finnegan, an attorney in the real estate group at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, tells that there are no real specifics at this time, only concepts and that “it is years away from happening.” He notes that “no one is against being less reliant on oil, but it is more of a question of how it gets accomplished.”

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