November 2012 - Aspen Skiing Co. (SkiCo) has partnered with Oxbow Corp. to develop a power facility at Oxbow's Elk Creek Coal Mine. The facility takes vented methane gas from the mine, cleans and compresses the gas, runs the gas through three 1-megawatt generators and sells the resulting electricity into the Holy Cross Energy electrical grid. The power produced by the project equals roughly 24 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. SkiCo has historically required 27 million kWh to power the company's four ski areas.
SkiCo initially made a $5.5 million investment in the development of the power plant in early 2012. As a result of this investment, SkiCo will receive 12 percent of the energy revenues of the project and expects to recoup its initial investment in seven years.
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SkiCo Unveils Region's First Methane-Fueled Power Plant
December 2006 - Aspen Skiing Company announced that it is offering skiers the opportunity to offset their travel-related greenhouse gas emissions with Green-e certified SkiGreen Tags. The tags are available in both $2 and $20 denominations, representing 100 kWh and 1 MWh of renewable generation, respectively, and are supplied by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) from renewable energy plants located across North America.
Participants in the program will receive acknowledgment of their carbon offset along with SkiGreen stickers for helmets or gear, and a coupon for Aspen/Snowmass services. BEF will reinvest 20% of the revenues from tags sold in Aspen into the community for new local renewable energy projects through a partnership with The City of Aspen's Canary Initiative.
News Release - Aspen/Snowmass Offers Climate-Friendly SkiGreen™ Program to Resort Guests
December 2006 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Eleventh National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to Aspen Skiing Company, HSBC-North America, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partner of the Year. Portland General Electric was named Green Power Program of the Year and Silicon Valley Power won for New Green Power Program. Jim Burke of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Brent Alderfer and Eric Blank of Community Energy Inc. received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - 2006 National Green Power Award Winners Announced
More Information - Green Power Leadership Awards
March 2006 - Aspen Skiing Company (ASC), operator of four ski mountains and two hotels in Colorado, announced that it is purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset 100% percent of the company's electricity use. The purchase, which totals 21 million kWh annually, is the largest in the history of the U.S. ski industry. The wind energy certificates are being supplied by Community Energy, Inc. and supplement ASC's existing wind purchases from Holy Cross Energy, which account for 5% of the company's electricity use.
News Release - Aspen Skiing Company Makes Largest Purchase of Wind Energy Certificates in the U.S. Ski Industry