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Ski Resort Commits to Renewable Energy

Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort in Oregon unveiled plans to purchase enough wind energy to run a major chairlift at Meadows and the only chairlift at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort. The ski resort is buying green tags equivalent to 334,000 kWh of wind energy from Portland General Electric. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) will supply the tags. The purchase is equivalent to 6.7 percent of the company’s average annual power consumption, and will prevent production of 234 tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to BEF.

Mt. Hood, Oregon – January 26, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] A separate Green Tag purchase will support 33,000 kWh of green power, enough to power the Homestead lift at Cooper Spur, which will prevent about 23 tons of carbon dioxide from conventional power generation annually. Combined with benefits of other programs already in place, the resort this year has prevented production of 580 tons of carbon dioxide. The purchase makes Mount Hood Meadows the leading ski industry buyer of green power in the Pacific Northwest and the third-largest direct purchaser of green tags among North American ski areas, according to the ski area. Utah’s Deer Valley (755,000 kWh of green tags) and Park City (488,000 kWh of green tags) lead the ski industry. “We’re proud to call Mt. Hood Meadows our partner in supporting a better energy future for the region,” said Angus Duncan, president of BEF. “Their commitment to wind energy through purchasing green tags creates an immediate positive impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creates a long-term benefit of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels for energy production.” For the 2004 ski season, season pass purchasers have been encouraged to buy a $20 green tag through the ski area’s Web site, as a way for them to indirectly offset the impact of greenhouse gases from car travel to and from the mountain. So far, they’ve purchased enough Green Tags to prevent 160 tons of greenhouse gases. “As a business run by people who love to ski, we reject the passive attitude that regards global warming as inevitable,” said Dave Riley, vice president and general manager at Meadows. “Protecting snowfall will help us continue to provide quality recreation to thousands of skiers every year, and good jobs to hundreds more. But we’re not the only type of business that global warming could affect. Farmers, shippers, and the regional hydroelectric system all stand to be affected if global warming continues.”