Geothermal, Project Development, Wind Power

Salt Lake City Purchases Wind Power

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson has approved a contract for the city to purchase 350 blocks (or 35,000 kilowatt hours) of Blue Sky wind energy each month.

Salt Lake City, Utah – August 14, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “Through our Salt Lake City Green program and our Local Climate Action Plan, we will significantly decrease the amount of greenhouse gasses produced in Salt Lake City,” said Anderson. “Human-caused global warming can be stopped if we all make a commitment to reducing our energy use and supporting alternative generation. Utah Power’s Blue Sky program is a simple, affordable way for Utahns to make substantial investments in technologies that will benefit us both with clean air now and a healthy climate in the future.” Salt Lake City’s purchase of 350 blocks of Blue Sky energy places the City in the “Visionary” category for Blue Sky participants. Utah Power launched Blue Sky in 2000 to give residential and business customers an opportunity to purchase pollution-free wind power. Customers have the option of purchasing 100 (kWh) “blocks” of Renewable Energy for US$2.95 per month in addition to their regular electricity usage. The Mayor’s Office is also working with the Utah Wind Power Campaign and Utah Power to help promote wind power in Utah. Residents should look for a direct mail piece, with messages about the benefits of wind power from Mayor Anderson and Utah Power Executive Vice President Bill Landels, toward the end of the summer. Utah Power invests in other Renewable Power projects in addition to Blue Sky. It owns nearly 33 MW of wind energy from Wyoming Wind Development and gets 23 MW from its Blundell geothermal plant in Utah. The company also purchases 50 MW of wind power from the newly constructed Rock River I facility in Wyoming. Utah Power also has an unregulated affiliate, PacifiCorp Power Marketing, Inc., which sells power from the new 263 MW Stateline wind farm on the border of Washington and Oregon. In total, Blue Sky has led to the direct purchase of 3 MW of additional wind power from Wyoming Wind. “We are thrilled to partner with Salt Lake City and Utah Power to promote wind power in Utah,” said Sarah Wright, coordinator of the Utah Wind Power Campaign, a project of the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies. “The City’s purchase demonstrates their leadership in reducing the environmental impacts of their electricity use. The word is out – we can all do our part to help our environment by purchasing pollution-free wind power.” This year, Blue Sky climbed from 7th to 6th on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Top 10 list of green utility programs in terms of customer participation. In Utah, 3,695 residential and business customers participate in Blue Sky, bringing the total number in western states to 8,993.