Two Days of Green Power Supports New York Wind Industry

Two days isn’t a very long time. But New York real estate developer The Durst Organization is trying to make up for the other 363 in what the company is calling one of the largest “single destination” usages of renewable green power in New York City.

On April 21 and 22, The Durst Organization will fully power its eight commercial properties with wind energy. ConEdison Solutions will supply the renewable energy certificates (RECs) for the two-day purchase. On an annual basis, The Durst Organization purchases approximately 8.9 million kWh of green power for its portfolio of high-rise office buildings in Manhattan from the utility. This represents ten percent of the total energy consumed within the company’s New York offices. Wind energy for REC purchases through Con Edison is supplied from the 30 MW Fenner Wind Power Project, located east of Syracuse in Madison County. “By using wind power, The Durst Organization is setting an example about the benefits of renewable energy for all New Yorkers,” said JoAnn F. Ryan, president and CEO of ConEdison Solutions. “Environmentally sophisticated companies like The Durst Organization make New York a cleaner and greener place to live for all of us.” ConEdison is doing its part as well. In recognition of The Durst Organization’s commitment to renewable energy and the 35th Anniversary of Earth Day, ConEdison Solutions and Community Energy, which owns the Fenner project, will provide green power to Grand Central Terminal for the entire day on April 22. The fractional cost of using pollution-free electricity is far outweighed by the benefits to the environment, expanded energy security and the improved quality of life, ConEdison states. Residential customers in the utility’s service area who choose a green power option pay 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. The Durst Organization’s office portfolio includes 4 Times Square, also known as the Conde Nast Building; the 2.1 million square-foot Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park; and the Helena, a 600-unit “green” rental residence recently opened on Manhattan’s West Side. “ConEdison Solutions, and its green power, have been integral to supporting our corporate mission to be an environmentally-conscious consumer of energy,” said Douglas Durst, co-president of The Durst Organization. “With their services, ten percent of our everyday energy is both fossil-fuel-independent and pollution-free.” New York City is celebrating Earth Day with EarthFair 2005, sponsored by Earth Day New York. Events will take place on Vanderbilt Avenue at the western entrance to Grand Central Terminal, and are scheduled throughout the day on Friday April 22, and Saturday April, 23. People can learn more about wind power in New York State and about many other green lifestyle choices.

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