A wide range of businesses are choosing wind energy, including the cement company CEMEX and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Concrete and building materials company CEMEX has commissioned a 1 MW wind turbine at its quarry located in Madison, Calif. The power generated from the new wind turbine will be equivalent to powering over 200 average-sized American households annually and will prevent over 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions each year, according to CEMEX. Nearly 30 percent of the quarry’s energy consumption will be produced by the turbine.
CEMEX partnered with Foundation Windpower, a California-based distributed wind development company, for the construction, financing, and operation of the wind turbine.
Later this year, CEMEX is planning to bring two additional wind power projects online at its facility in Victorville, Calif., which will total 6.2 MW of generating capacity.
In other wind-power news, New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Green Mountain Energy to provide 100 percent of the center’s electricity usage, which is estimated at 21.6 million kWh annually. Over the life of the three-year contract, Lincoln Center’s choice of renewable energy instead of traditional energy is expected to avoid approximately 101 million pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to recycling 170 million Playbills instead of sending them to the landfill, or not taking 41 million taxi rides.
Renewable energy will power Avery Fisher Hall (home to the New York Philharmonic), Alice Tully Hall (home to The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), the Rose Building, the Central Mechanical Plant (which provides heating and cooling to the Metropolitan Opera), the Koch Theater (home of New York City Ballet) and Lincoln Center Theater.
The Juilliard School has purchased partial renewable energy in the past, but this year for the first time joins Lincoln Center in purchasing 100 percent renewable energy from Green Mountain Energy to power its classrooms, practice rooms, stages, and dormitories.
This purchase compliments the completion of Lincoln Center’s recent $1.2 billion transformation, which includes a new US Green Building Council LEED Gold certified building, the David Rubenstein Atrium.