By Austin Business Journal

An 80-year-old New York icon has recruited Austin-based Green Mountain Energy Co. as its wind energy provider of choice, according to reports Thursday.

The New York Times reported the local company, recently acquired by New Jersey-based NRG Energy Inc., signing a two-year deal to sell the Empire State Building about 55 million kilowatt-hours worth in renewable energy certificates annually.

The 102-story building previously completed an energy-efficiency makeover and is now the largest commercial purchaser of renewable power in the state, according to the Times. The wind power will cover 100 percent of the building's needs and is Green Mountain's largest deal ever. Terms of the agreement were not released.

Green Mountain, founded in 1997, was acquired last September for about $350 million. The company sells renewable energy from wind, water and solar sources.

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