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Park City's Powdr Resorts cited as a Green Power Leader

Release Date: 10/27/2008
Contact Information: James Critchfield, USEPA, 202 343-9442 Paula Fabel, Park City Resort, 435 649-8111 Richard Mylott, USEPA, 303 312-6654

Ski resort operator's green power purchases account for 100% of electricity use

(Denver, Colo.-- October 27, 2008) Powdr Resorts has been selected as a Green Power Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Headquartered in Park City, Utah, Powdr Resorts owns seven resort complexes across the United States, including Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, Killington Resort and Pico Resort in Vermont, Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, Boreal Resort and Soda Springs Resort in California, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort in Nevada, and Gorgoza Park, a tubing park in Utah.

Powdr Resorts’ annual purchase of nearly 50 million kilowatt-hours of wind-derived renewable energy certificates (RECs) is enough to supply 100 percent of the total electricity used at each of the company's resorts. With many visitors each season, Powdr Resorts reaches out to its guests and shares its story about green power. On its website, www.saveoursnow.net, the company provides details about its renewable energy purchase. Powdr Resorts also shares green power news in vacation planning guides provided to hotels and resort visitors. In the future, the company plans to place interactive kiosks in key resort locations. Each kiosk will provide information about wind energy and show the energy generation capacities of a small wind turbine. Powdr Resorts expects the kiosks to receive more than one million visits per year.

    “Our nation is shifting to a ‘green culture’ and Americans understand that environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “EPA commends our partners for making a long-term commitment to protecting the environment by purchasing green power.”

    Collectively, EPA Green Power Partners purchase nearly 5 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power more than 460,000 average American homes. The purchases made by these organizations will also avoid the same amount of CO2 emissions that 640,000 vehicles would produce in one year.

    EPA is recognizing winners in three award categories at the Eighth Annual Green Power Leadership Awards in Denver, Colo. Winning organizations are judged on their purchase, leadership, overall green power strategy and impact on the green power market.

    Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Green power sources produce electricity with an environmental profile superior to conventional power technologies and no human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Purchases of green power also help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.

    EPA co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions.

    2008 Green Power Leadership Award Winners:

    Green Power Partner of the Year: Bellingham Community; Washington Community; Cisco Systems Inc.; Intel Corp.; University of Pennsylvania; WhiteWave Foods Co.

    Green Power Purchasing: City of Houston, Texas; ING; Merritt 7 Venture, LLC; Oregon State University; PepsiCo Inc.; Powdr Resorts; The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc./Operations; The Philadelphia Phillies; U.S. Air Force.

    On-Site Generation: Lundberg Family Farms, Kohl’s Department Stores.

    More information on Green Power Awards: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/winners.htm

    Information on EPA’s Green Power Partnership: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/