Monday, August 28, 2006

Vail Resorts- 100% Powered By Wind Vail Resorts- 100% Powered By Wind

According to this: SKI WITH THE WIND: Vail Resorts- 100% Powered By Wind, this year's visitors to Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breck, etc. can expect to see wind turbines sprouting from the tops of the ridges. I did check out the window just now, and, no, there still aren't any wind turbines on the ridges on the Ten Mile Range above Breckenridge. We could, of course, hope that the company had left them all on the west side of Vail Pass, saving us from the site of all those turbines. They claim:
Vail Resorts has chosen to offset 100 percent of its energy use by purchasing nearly 152,000 megawatt-hours of wind energy annually for its five mountain resorts, its lodging properties including RockResorts and Grand Teton Lodge Company, all of its 125 retail locations (operated through Specialty Sports Venture) and its new corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado.
But of course, when you read a bit further, the truth comes out:
By purchasing renewable energy credits equal to the company's entire electricity use, Vail Resorts becomes the second largest purchaser of wind power of all corporations in the United States.
They aren't purchasing wind power, because there isn't enough wind power close to them to make a difference. Rather, they are buying "renewable energy credits". This is the same type of slight of hand practiced by Al Gore in his travels by private jets and limosines.


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Blogger Tom Gray said...

It's not "sleight of hand," it's just a new idea. Credits are audited. What buyers like Vail are doing is creating demand for a new energy source, in the easiest, simplest and most economical way. Many of us don't live in areas where wind turbines can generate economically.

Readers who wish to buy wind power to cover their own energy needs can do so. If you don't feel that you can afford to go 100% wind, a very inexpensive option is to buy 10% or 20%. For the average household, the cost will be 5-10 cents a day . . .

For info on green power suppliers, see "Your Electric Choices" at

Thomas O. Gray
American Wind Energy Association

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