Even I was amazed to hear this morning this news.
Since 2011, I mean that my favorite green energy company Green Mountain Energy (GME) just signed up the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.
Yes folks, I so was amazed. Knowing how GME prices their energy. Well I mean then it made sense to me . For I can only imagine the energy savings they received from this deal.
Source: Green Mountain Energy
The landmark signed a two-year contract with Green Mountain. Moreover to purchase nearly 55 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually.
This will most importantly avoid nearly 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year!!
That’s most noteworthy the equivalent of nearly every house in New York State turning off all their lights. I mean also for a week!!
Yet as the Washington Post added and admitted they have been at this since 2011.
The real estate trust has already established a reputation for sustainability. I mean a decade-long “deep carbon” retrofit. One that truly enabled the Empire State Building to cut its planet-warming emissions by about 40 percent. The skyscraper itself has also been run on renewable energy since 2011.
So I mean besides the fact they did the other cool green stuff like changing light bulbs.
In New York City it’s like taking approximately 40 million fewer cab rides from dirty cabs. Finally or planting nearly 150,000 trees. For I mean that’s more than 6 times the number of trees in Central Park.
More than just RECS
The Empire State Building’s historic green power purchase also 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 also expected to rank No. 18 on EPA’s national Top 100% Green Power Purchaser List. One which most importantly 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.
So EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program. One that so encourages organizations to purchase green power. All as a way to reduce the environmental impacts on the grid. I mean that’s so associated with electricity use.
The Empire State Building has as well, earned Energy Star certification every year since 2010.
The renewable energy supplying the Empire State Building was purchased in the form of wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
All most importantly from NRG Energy. For that is also Green Mountain’s parent company.
In addition and over time, the Building has also replaced an incredible 6,514 windows. During the retrofit, they plan to retrofit every single one of them. Thereby quadrupling the energy performance. Most noteworthy and by while reusing over 96% of existing materials all onsite.
Yet according to the Washington Post it’s the Empire State Realty Trust that made the purchase of wind power from Green Mountain Wind Energy and Direct Energy now. Thereby and finally making it the nation’s biggest real estate user of entirely renewable energy.
The three-year contracts, which started Jan. 1, will provide an estimated 300 million kilowatt hours of electricity. This is all for the Empire State Reality Trust’s more than 10 million-square-foot portfolio. That’s moreover and enough to light every home in New York state for a month.
In conclusion, purchasing these RECs is a widely accepted way to address the greenhouse gas emissions.
Especially from the use of electricity consumption. Because purchasing RECs in the same quantity as the Empire State Building‘s electricity consumption is how it’s done. And I mean it equals out!