Even I was amazed to hear this morning that my favorite green energy company Green Mountain Energy just signed up the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING I was amazed. Knowing how GME prices their energy, I can only imagine the energy savings they received. Read below!!
Source: Green Mountain Energy
The landmark signed a two-year contract with Green Mountain to purchase nearly 55 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually. This will avoid nearly 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year.
That’s the equivalent of:
– Nearly every house in New York State turning off all their lights for a week
– Taking approximately 40 million fewer cab rides or
– Planting nearly 150,000 trees – – more than 6 times the number of trees in Central Park
“We are extremely pleased that an icon like the world-famous Empire State Building made this important commitment to support renewable energy,” said Paul Thomas, CEO of Green Mountain Energy Company. “This announcement is historic for many reasons. In addition to being the largest commercial consumer of green power in New York City, the Empire State Building’s renewable power purchase is now the largest purchase in our company’s 13-year history. This demonstrates that Green Mountain can serve all sizes of commercial customers with renewable energy at a price they can afford, and that going green doesn’t have to be a tradeoff.”
The Empire State Building’s historic green power purchase exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Partnership requirements. Based on EPA’s current rankings, New York City’s most recognizable building is expected to rank No. 18 on EPA’s national Top 100% Green Power Purchaser List, which represents green power purchasers that are buying green power to meet 100% of their U.S. organization-wide electricity use. The Empire State Building recently joined EPA’s Green Power Partnership and qualifies for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase 10 times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide. EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use.
“EPA is pleased to welcome the Empire State Building to the Green Power Partnership. We applaud their commitment to using 100 percent green power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Susan Wickwire, Chief of the Energy Supply and Industry Branch at EPA.
The renewable energy supplying the Empire State Building was purchased in the form of wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from NRG Energy, Green Mountain’s parent company. Purchasing these RECs is a widely accepted way to address the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity consumption. Purchasing RECs in the same quantity as the Empire State Building‘s electricity consumption ensures that the amount of energy used by the building is added to the U.S. power grid from renewable sources and supports the further development of these projects.