The local law requires the office of long term planning and sustainability, in consultation with the commissioner of environmental protection, to develop a pilot program, for institutionally used city-owned or subsidized buildings located in the Brooklyn-Queens aquifer to use the groundwater for heating and cooling or electricity generation prior to any discharge of the groundwater into rivers and streams or Jamaica Bay.
- Laid Over in Committee
Int. No. 749
By Council Members Constantinides, Richards and Brannan
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to developing a geothermal pilot program for institutional use in the groundwater supply service area
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Subchapter 2 of chapter 1 of title 3 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 3-128 to read as follows:
§ 3-128 Pilot geothermal system using the Brooklyn-Queens aquifer. a. For purposes of this section, the term “geothermal system” means a system used to exchange geothermal energy between the earth and one or more buildings for the purpose of providing electricity, heating or cooling for such buildings.
b. The director of the office of long term planning and sustainability, in consultation with the commissioner of environmental protection, shall develop a pilot program in which waters of the Brooklyn-Queens aquifer, other than waters used for drinking purposes, are used in connection with a geothermal system to provide electricity, heating or cooling to one or more buildings that (i) are owned or operated by the city or receive financial assistance from the city and (ii) are primarily used as a school, college, hospital, nursing home, senior residence or a use that such director determines would serve a vulnerable population.
c. Such program shall continue for at least two years after the date on which the city commences providing electricity, heating or cooling through such system to such buildings.
d. By no later than February 1 in the second year that commences after electricity, heating or cooling has been provided to such buildings for two years through such program, such director, in consultation with such commissioner, shall electronically submit, and make publicly available online, a report to the mayor and the speaker of the council with a detailed assessment of the impacts of such program, including recommendations for continuing or expanding such program.
§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.