Andrew Yang is backing a plan to convert the dormant Long Island City waterfront into the city’s first green energy hub if elected, the mayoral candidate told The Post.
Yang on Wednesday will hold an event along the Queens side of the East River — near the site where e-tail giant Amazon had intended to build a giant East Coast headquarters.
But the Amazon project fizzled out two years ago following local opposition.
Yang is now endorsing an ambitious $250 million proposal to build a green energy plant that would generate power for local residents and businesses — including NYCHA’s Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing complex in the country.
Yang emphasized the River Green Power project — to be built on private poverty on Vernon Boulevard between 43rd and 44th Avenue — will create good jobs to help spur a Big Apple economic revival from the pandemic-fueled recession as well as generate clean energy for the area.
“Our City lost 700,000 jobs during the pandemic and the truth is that right now our recovery is behind much of the rest of the country. As mayor, I’m going to be laser focused on creating jobs and getting New Yorkers back to work,” Yang said.
The Post exclusively reported last week week that Bruce Teitelbaum, the general partner of RiverLinC, has held preliminary discussions with city and state officials about building a plant there that could provide eco-friendly energy to others in the area — generated from river water, as well as through solar and geothermal energy. Michigan-based DTE Energy would build and operate the plant.
In addition to construction of a geothermal heating and cooling plant, the RGP plant would raise private capital to upgrade NYCHA Queensbridge Houses’ buildings’ heating and cooling systems.