Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming has become the first National Park concessionaire to join the Green Power Partnership, a voluntary EPA organization dedicated to supporting the use of renewable energy. The resort has contracted for 360,000 kWh of 100 percent Wind power from their local utility, which is over 10 percent of their electricity usage for the next two years.Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – September 2, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Our purchase of Wind power is a natural extension of our commitment to sustainable business practices,” said John King, General Manager of Signal Mountain Lodge, “We want to set a standard for the lodging industry which is why we are ISO 14001 listed and have ongoing programs in chemical reductions, water and waste management as well as energy conservation and efficiency. Buying renewable energy was the next step in reducing our overall organizational footprint.” The green power provider, Lower Valley Energy, is a local cooperative utility serving most of Northwestern Wyoming including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The company’s generation mix is predominantly hydro with some nuclear power providing arguably the lowest emissions electricity in Wyoming, according to Kevin Hagen, of Shuksan Energy Consulting, a renewable energy consulting firm and advisor to Signal Mountain. Despite the very low electricity costs, Lower Valley Energy introduced a 100 percent Wind power choice in July. Attracting major commercial customers like Signal Mountain Lodge has helped make their Green Power program the most successful in the State, said Hagen whose company helped with green power procurement planning, technical evaluation and on-site resource assessments. Shuksan Energy Consulting helps clients find renewable energy solutions that create real business value. From on-site evaluation and technical support in selecting and contracting appropriate green power products, to the financial analysis and marketing planning assistance necessary to create the business case; Shuksan Energy helps with design, implementation and follow-up of renewable energy and sustainability programs. The Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to use green power as a part of best-practice environmental management. Partners are commercial, industrial, and public sector organizations that pledge to procure an amount of renewable energy proportional to their annual electricity use. EPA provides partners with benefits and services that include information and support, peer exchange, and public recognition.