Wind power purchase is largest ever in U.S. ski industry: EPA

Denver, CO, Mar. 2, 2006 — Aspen Skiing Co., operator of four
Colorado ski mountains and two hotels, has made what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls a “landmark” purchase of renewable energy certificates from wind farms to offset 100 percent of its electricity use.

The purchase, the largest in the history of the U.S. ski industry, places the company’s facilities among the top performers in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, said the EPA.

Aspen Skiing Co.’s purchase of 21,000 megawatt hours (MWh) will keep nearly 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere each year, said the EPA.

The company is buying its wind energy certificates from Community Energy Inc., a marketer and developer of wind energy generation headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania. CEI has wind projects under development in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Aspen Skiing Co. joins other businesses like Whole Foods, Fedex Kinkos, Starbucks, Nike and Patagonia in making a financial commitment to renewable energy. Most of these businesses are members of EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program seeking to increase the use of green power among U.S. organizations.

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