Workers from Alteris Renewables and Northern Power Systems install a rotor assembly on a windmill turbine tower at the top of the Vista Quad lift at the Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton on Thursday October 8, 2009.
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Perhaps it’s more cost effective in the short term for ski areas to buy renewable energy credits rather than set up their own turbines to produce their own green energy for the long term.
The Durango Telegraph reported today, in their “Mountain Exchange” section that Vail Resorts knows how to line up politicians to get good press.
Three years ago, when announcing its purchase of renewable energy credits sufficient to power all of its five ski areas, the company held a press conference and managed to get two of Colorado’s most prominent politicians – a Democrat and a Republican – together. The story and photos ended up on the front page of what were then Denver’s two daily newspapers.The New York Times also gave the story prominent play.
The cost of that commitment for 152,000 megawatts, the second largest corporate purchase in the country at that time, was never revealed. But a conservative estimate of the value of publicity was $800,000.
For this announcement, Katz had the Denver mayor, the Colorado governor, a Congresswoman, a U.S. senator, and one member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet on hand to lend a few comments, mostly laudatory to Vail.
The company has not renewed its purchase of renewable energy credits, but this time will donate 1,500 hours of company labor coupled with a $750,000 donation to the U.S. Forest Service to help restore portions of the 2002 Hayman Fire, which burned across 138,000 acres southwest of Denver.
I’d like to think that the ski industry is beginning to understand the effect of global warming, and the real reasons we need to reduce our carbon footprint. But in the short term, buying credits is laudable if you keep it up. It’s okay to leverage it for publicity.
I think what really deserves respect are the ski areas installing their own wind turbines. They’re reducing our carbon footprint, getting lots of positive recognition, and saving themselves lots of money in the long run. That’s smart.
The Bolton Valley ski area wind turbine continues to get press and media coverage. The ski area is installing a Northwind 100 Wind Turbine. The Northwind Power Systems company is based in Barre, Vermont. Here’s an article that says construction starts on Monday and then lists a short schedule of the construction process.
Bolton Valley will be the fourth ski area in the nation to generate it’s own power from wind resources. Here in Chaffee County Colorado we’re hoping that Monarch Mountain is paying attention.
Our discussion on wind turbines and how it would be great if ski areas like Monarch Mountain could take advantage of wind resources prompted Mike Brown to comment on a recent post and offer a link to a site. The Keep Winter Cool website has a page specifically showing what some ski areas around the country are doing to help reduce global warming. Many of the ski areas on that particular page are buying wind power from the grid. Mike’s suggests that the next logical step for them is to start generating their own wind power. Is it more cost effective for ski areas to buy power from the utilities year after year than it is to build their own wind power generators, or use other alternative renewable resources to generate power?
The site is called Keep Winter Cool (click name to visit). It’s focus is to provide information on how we can reduce global warming. Snow sports enthusiasts may not even know that they can help keep the winters cool. Here are examples where being green helps some to stay snowy white.