The landmark Empire State Building in Manhattan will get all its electricity from wind, which will become the largest commercial consumer of renewable energy in New York.

With this measure, the building will prevent the emission of about 45,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to planting 150,000 trees in the city, removing 40 million taxi rides or off the lights in the houses of New York for a week according to its leaders.

The owners of the landmark skyscraper, perhaps the best known of Manhattan, have reached a two-year deal with Green Mountain Energy Company, which will provide 55 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually, enough to cover their electricity consumption.

This consumer and trade of renewable energy, wind in this case, the more important of the city, with consumption is twice that of any other building, company or entity in New York. “Combining the use of 100% clean energy to the ground-breaking reforms recently undertaken in the building so that energy consumption be more efficient was a natural move for us,” said Anthony Malkin, the representative of the company that owns the Empire State Building.

For Malkin, the steps taken by the skyscrapers should be emulated by other owners to convert the numerous skyscrapers and commercial buildings in Manhattan populated places “with a more energy efficient, clean and green.”

The new challenge of the Empire State to become one of the buildings more environmentally friendly in New York comes just after a reform that 500 million dollars to reduce CO2 emissions and save on electricity.

The refurbishment of the building, which has 102 floors and was built in 1931, affected their electrical and ventilation systems, included the installation of 6,500 windows with insulation for cold and heat, and modified the heating system. All these measures also have a green angle, a more commercial, since those investments aimed at reducing electricity bills of their tenants. So, Malkin admitted that “clean energy and reducing power consumption by 40% gives us an advantage (to competitors) to attract the best tenants with the best rents.”

Electric vehicle with lithium batteries do not emit CO2 or damage the environment if the electricity comes from renewable sources like wind, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal. Wind turbines can supply electricity to electric vehicles in the future will also serve to store and regulate the electricity intermittent wind energy sector.

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