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Wind Energy to Power New York's Empire State Building

10 Jan

New York’s iconic Empire State Building just became “greener” through a major wind power purchase.

The tallest skyscraper in the city recently signed a 2 year contract with Green Mountain Energy to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset the entire energy consumption of the building – nearly 55 million kWh of energy a year.

The Empire State Building’s wind energy purchase follows a $500 million energy efficiency upgrade conducted last year.  By replacing 6,500 windows, upgrading ventilation and insulation and installing smart meter systems, the Empire State Building was able to reduce total energy usage by 40%.

Anthony Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings which supervises the Empire State Building, said it was a “natural fit for us to combine clean energy with our nearly completed energy efficiency retrofit work.”  Read more…

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