Vail Resorts Backs Away from Wind RECs
Vail Resorts Inc. has chosen not to renew its three-year commitment to buy wind-energy offset credits. Instead, the ski resort and hotel company is putting its money towards a forest restoration project, reports BizJournals.
Vail Resort’s participation in the Hayman Restoration Project, which seeks to restore forest burned in a 2002 fire southwest of Denver, was announced at the same time as the resort said it would not renew the wind energy RECs.
In August of 2006, the company became one of the largest wind power buyers in the country at the time when it committed to buying 152,000 megawatt hours of wind energy a year. The REC agreement was with Renewable Choice Energy Inc.
The REC purchase was said to offset about 211 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.
Vail Resorts Chairman and CEO Rob Katz said the company was proud of its participation in renewable energy, but that it was time to focus on more local initiatives.
“As a company, we remain committed to addressing climate change and are focused on energy conservation across our company. However, going forward, we intend to channel our efforts on more comprehensive projects, which help protect the climate and also offer habitat and watershed benefits to local communities, such as the Hayman Restoration Project,” Katz said, BizJournals reported.
Earlier this year, Vail said it aimed to cut energy use by 10 percent by 2010.
Energy Manager News
- Clauses to Consider in Green Leases
- Bahama Yacht Club to Generate Power from Solid Waste
- Duke Energy, USF Launch Solar Battery Research Initiative
- Energy Storage Helps Hotel Reduce Demand Charges by 10%
- EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings
- Uline to Operate 130 GenDrive Fuel Cell Units from Plug Power
- Los Angeles Shopping Center Installs 504 kW Solar
- SustainCo Wins $575,000 Contract for Energy Management Controls