The world's most famous office building goes green
The Empire State Building in New York is to green its electricity supply through wind power.
In a two-year contract with Green Mountain Energy Company, Empire State Building Associates will purchase nearly 55 million kWh of renewable energy annually, drastically reducing its CO2 emissions.
That's the equivalent, they say to every house in New York State turning off all their lights for a week. It makes it the largest commercial consumer of green power in New York City.
The renewable energy supply will be purchased in the form of wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
The company heading the Empire State Building Associates is partnership Malkin Holdings.
Their president, Anthony E. Malkin, said: "It was a natural fit for us to combine 100% clean energy with our nearly completed, ground breaking energy efficiency retrofit work.
"Clean energy and our nearly 40%reduced consumption of watts and BTUs gives us a competitive advantage...
"Our program of innovation at the Empire State Building shows simple, replicable, non-proprietary steps for other landlords to follow to be more energy efficient, cleaner and greener."
The building is currently undergoing multi-million dollar retrofit project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make significant energy savings. Alison Brown