Thompsonville, Michigan [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Beginning this winter, Crystal Mountain’s high-speed chairlift will be powered by the wind. The ski resort has bought renewable energy credits (RECs) until it can receive its electricity straight from a wind farm. Crystal’s long-term intent, to power the entire resort with 100% renewable energy, is complemented by other environmental initiatives.“By taking this step and embracing wind power, we are reinforcing our commitment to the environment,” said Jim MacInnes, president and general manager of Crystal Mountain. “It is also our hope that others within the Michigan travel industry and our guests will join in this critical effort.” Crystal Mountain is working with Boulder, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy as its wind power provider. By selecting renewable energy as one of its sources for electricity, the resort joins University of Michigan, Harvard University, Whole Foods and Vail Resorts. By powering the Crystal Clipper chairlift with wind, it will prevent 174,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution from entering the atmosphere each year, and annually equivalent to not driving a car almost 190,000 miles or planting 23 acres of trees.