Skyscraper Owner Becomes N.Y.'s Largest Green-Power Buyer to Date

Skyscraper Owner Becomes N.Y.'s Largest Green-Power Buyer to Date

The Durst Organization -- owner of seven high-rise office buildings in Manhattan -- has become New York State's largest commercial buyer of wind power. The company is making an annual purchase of approximately 10.5 million kilowatt-hours of clean and renewable green power for its 7.5-million-square-foot portfolio of office buildings.

Energy-services company ConEdison Solutions partners with Community Energy Inc., a leading marketer of wind-generated electricity, to bring NewWind Energy to the New York City area. The energy, marketed and sold under the name NewWind Energy, is supplied from the 30-megawatt Fenner Wind Power Project, located east of Syracuse in Madison County. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a state agency, supports the green power initiative by providing funding for marketing support.

The Durst Organization's wind power purchase represents 10% of the total energy consumed in the company's New York properties.

"By purchasing renewable, pollution-free wind power," said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Jane Kenny, "The Durst Organization is cutting annual air emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides -- which are precursors to smog -- by more than 32,000 pounds and 12,000 pounds, respectively. More importantly, The Durst Organization will inspire other companies to switch to green energy."

In addition to The Durst Organization, event participants recognized a number of corporations and organizations in the New York area as "Green Power Pioneers" that now use NewWind Energy. These included: The Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region II Headquarters, The Brooklyn Brewery, the Ford Foundation, MetLife, The United Nations - Senior Executive Residence, 1400 On Fifth, Walton Street Capital, Community Housing Innovations, Pace University, St, John Associates, Bank Street College, U.S. SSA, and Pep Boys.

Collectively, these green power customers purchase the output of more than six of the 1.5 megawatt windmills at the Fenner Wind Power Project. These purchases together deliver an environmental benefit equivalent to the planting of more than two million trees or reducing automobile usage by 27 million miles.

"Wind energy means electricity with no pollution and no fuel," said Brent Alderfer, president and CEO of Community Energy. "The Durst Organization and other NewWind Energy customers are the leaders -- their purchases are bringing this new home-based energy source on line in New York at a time when energy independence and security has never been more important."

Event organizers said that the small extra cost of using pollution-free electricity is far outweighed by the benefits to the environment, expanded energy security and the improved quality of life. For residential customers, green power costs approximately one half cent more per kilowatt-hour than the ConEdison Solutions standard offer. For a typical residential customer using 350 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, the additional cost roughly equals $1.75 more per month than standard electricity rates.