Wind Powers Western Ski Lifts

On Saturday, February 22, when skiers and snowboarders in Oregon talk about the wind, they won’t be referring just to conditions on the slopes. Instead, they will be talking about the clean energy resource that is the fastest growing source of electricity generation in the world.

Portland, Oregon – February 20, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] As part of the third annual Sustainable Slopes Outreach Day, Green Mountain Energy Company the nation’s largest and fastest growing retail provider of cleaner electricity, will be joining with the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) to promote Renewable Energy sources at two ski resorts in Oregon. “Keep Winter Cool” is the theme of this year’s campaign to raise awareness among skiers and snowboarders on the important topic of global warming and climate change. The outreach effort will also encourage resort guests to take action to reduce their share of greenhouse gas emissions. Global warming is a particularly important issue for ski areas as they look to further identify the impacts of climate change on this weather-dependent recreation business. “For diehard skiers and snowboarders, winter is already too short,” said NSAA’s president, Michael Berry. “The ski industry views global warming and the potential for climate change as a long-term concern. We want to do our part to raise awareness about this important issue.” “Balancing recreation and the environment is one of our most important tasks,” said Dan Rutherford, president of Mt. Bachelor. “Participating in the ‘Keep Winter Cool’ campaign is one more way we can further protect the environment we so cherish.” In keeping with this year’s Sustainable Slopes theme — “Keep Winter Cool” — Green Mountain Energy Company will support the generation of wind power equivalent to the estimated amount of electricity the main chair lifts – Cascade Express at Mt. Hood Meadows and Pine Martin Express at Mt. Bachelor – use in a 14-hour day. Green Mountain Energy Company is purchasing the wind electricity from the Stateline wind-generation facility located on the Oregon/Washington Border. This special renewable transaction of over 8,000 kWh of wind power makes the electricity usage of the two lifts effectively pollution-free for the day by offsetting almost six tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. That avoids as much carbon dioxide as not driving nearly 13,000 miles. It would take almost 800 trees one year to remove that much CO2 from the air. “Making electricity emits billions of tons of carbon dioxide pollution into the air annually,” said Karen Norris, program director for Green Mountain Energy Company in Oregon. “Many people don’t know about this serious threat to our environment and we’re excited about the opportunity to educate skiers across the nation on Sustainable Slopes Day. We hope our efforts will have a snowball effect on building support for cleaner energy sources like wind power.” As part of the Sustainable Slopes initiative on Saturday, February 22, Green Mountain Energy Company will also have representatives at Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Bachelor to educate skiers about cleaner energy. Additionally, eligible Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) customers can sign up for one of the three renewable power options: Renewable Usage — Green Mountain Energy Electricity; Habitat – Green Mountain Energy Salmon-Friendly Plan; and Fixed Renewable – PGE’s Clean Wind and Pacific Power’s Blue Sky wind power. Skiers can also take advantage of special promotions at the two ski areas. Green Mountain Energy Company is giving away US$20 ski vouchers at Mt. Hood Meadows and US$15 ski vouchers at Mt. Bachelor to PGE or Pacific Power customers who sign up for Green Mountain Energy electricity.
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