As a part of the Empire State Building’s green makeover, the iconic tower’s manager, Malkin Holdings, just announced they’ll be adding green energy to the building’s list of environmental credentials. They just brokered a deal with Green Mountain Energy — a carbon offset supplier — to buy 55 million kilowatt-hours per year. The energy certificates are backed by NRG Energy‘s wind power facilities in New Jersey, and will cover the ESB’s entire annual energy usage. Though we’d rather have the Empire State Building purchasing actual green energy instead of credits, we’ll take this as a huge positive step forward.

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In 2008, the managers of the Empire State Building started a renovation to attract more high profile clients. In the process they tried to make the building as green as possible and will eventually cut their energy use by 38% — which adds up to about $4.4 million dollars in energy savings. Though green energy credits are sometimes hard to track, it seems that the managers of the Empire State building are doing it the right way. Their credits are backed up by bona fide projects near their building that are helping to add renewable energy to the grid that they draw from.

It was a natural fit for us to combine 100% clean energy with our nearly completed, ground breaking energy efficiency retrofit work,” said President of Malkin Holdings, Anthony E. Malkin, in an announcement. “Clean energy and our nearly 40% reduced consumption of watts and BTUs gives us a competitive advantage in attracting the best credit tenants at the best rents.” Though there isn’t a wind turbine sitting atop the Empire State’s famous antenna, nor solar film lining its windows, we’ll give a hand to Malkin Holdings for stepping up and finishing their retrofit with the right kind of energy initiatives. You can cut your energy use all you want but a building like the Empire State still draws a lot from the grid, so ensuring they are contributing their fair share to the renewable energy market is a big deal.

Via NY Times