Imagine that overnight all power infrastructure in New York were to disappear. Then, starting from scratch, we could build anything we wanted: a giant solar array that stretches to the horizon, the world’s biggest windfarm, or a mega nuclear facility.

What would it take to power the Big Apple for a year with each individual energy source?

Powering New York With Each Individual Energy Source

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Between the bright lights of Times Square to the air conditioned climes of the MoMa, there’s a whole lot of New York to Power. In this slideshow, we explore what it takes to power NYC for a year.

Annual Energy Usage

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Powering New York With Each Individual Energy Source [Slides]

Hydro

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Natural Gas

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LNG

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Oil

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Solar

Nuclear

Wind

Assumptions

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by Visual Capitalist