How dirty is your building
While researching issues surrounding natural gas this week my partner Kevin came across some amazing facts about the fuel consumption of buildings in New York City. This graph is from DirtyBuildings.org illustrates how important the built infrastructure is when it comes to pollution.
Converting these buildings is not an inexpensive proposition. The switch of one building was highlighted in a New York Times article last year. “The switch from No. 6 oil to natural gas cost the Brevoort $225,000. It involved replacing the burner on the boiler, removing two 20,000-gallon oil tanks, and installing equipment to draw gas from the available Consolidated Edison pipeline. The board expects to save as much as $70,000 a year in fuel costs.”
On the DirtyBuildings.org web page there is an interactive map that shows the location of buildings burning either No. 4 or 6 heating oil in New York City. Both of these are residual fuels which means they are what is left after traditional refinery runs to create gasoline and diesel. This is not the heating oil that is delivered to your home heating oil tank, they require heating to become fluid enough to be pumped to the buildings boiler.
It goes without saying this is not a clean fuel. This is also a very clear example of the potential scope of energy usage in the U.S. that is still ripe for penetration by natural gas. Conversion would result in tremendous improvements both from a financial and environmental perspective. It is good to see New York City is moving forward with facilitating this shift.
So does the U.S. have an Emergency Plan for oil?
Thursday, June 7, 3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
A National Oil Emergency Response Plan
Featuring Roger Bezdek – President, Management Information Services Inc.; Co-Author, The Impending World Energy Mess; ASPO-USA Advisory Board Member
This session will address the acute challenges and immediate-term responses to a potential constriction in U.S. oil supply and availability. Dramatic “demand-side” responses will be unavoidable in such an oil supply emergency, however, preparations by both the public and private sector may help mitigate and manage its social, economic, and political impacts. Key topics to be addressed include:
- Non-price options to allocate oil supplies and minimize economic disruption of price spikes.
- Impacts on and prospective responses by the transportation sector.
- Examination of potential timelines with which a near-term oil supply emergency may unfold.