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Ride the wind with Sundance. Sundance Resort partners with Renewable Choice to purchase enough Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset 100 percent of the resort's power usage. This purchase eliminates 1,378 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere each year. The surrounding Sundance community responded by also purchasing offsets.
Sundance's Wind Power Purchase
What We're Buying
We are buying 226,264 kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind-generated electricity each month, or 2,715,170 kilowatt hours annually, through Renewable Choice. This represents 100 percent of the resort’s total electricity use.
Wind power is more expensive than traditional power sources, but we think the environmental benefits far outweigh the costs. For instance, the amount of wind we purchase each year keeps thousands of tons of climate-warming carbon dioxide out of the air. To put this into perspective, our commitment has an environmental impact that is similar to:
- Planting 12,502 mature trees or
- Not driving more than over 3,068,581 miles in an average
passenger car or
- Taking 263 cars off the road for a year
RECs offer a way for Sundance Resort to support clean power and promote renewable energy growth. By purchasing 2.7 million kWh of RECs annually, we are offsetting all of our electricity use and significantly reducing our overall carbon footprint. RECs help renewable energy facilities by making them more financially viable, thereby incenting development. By purchasing renewable energy, Sundance Resort is committed to:
- Helping reduce our dependency on fossil fuels
- Generating awareness for cleaner energy solutions
- Fighting global climate change
We buy wind energy from wind farms in neighboring states. Wind is economical in locations where the average wind speed is at least 14 mph. Although a single wind turbine can produce a usable amount of electricity, most wind power is produced at wind farms where large turbines are grouped together at a site.
Electricity is generated when the wind blows strong enough to spin turbines (windmills) mounted on tall towers. Wind is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy resource in the world, and it is pollution free. Wind-generated electricity does not create smog, acid rain or other forms of air and water pollution. Wind power also does not contribute to global warming.
Wind farms and other renewable energy facilities generate renewable energy credits (RECs) when they produce electricity. Purchasing these credits is the widely accepted way to address the environmental footprint of your electricity consumption. Purchasing RECs at the same quantity as your electricity consumption guarantees that the energy you use is added to the power grid from a renewable energy facility and supports the further development of these facilities. Renewable Choice RECs are third-party certified by Green-e Energy.
Renewable energy has a much lower impact on the environment than traditional methods of electricity generation. It produces lower levels of air pollutants, waste water, smog and acid rain, and it can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable energy can be replenished and often comes from local sources, which can provide additional employment. An estimated 85,000 Americans are employed in the wind industry and related fields.*
Did you know you can also support renewable energy at home? Renewable Choice has Home Wind Power Plans that offer ways for individuals and families to support clean energy too. Find out more by going to the Renewable Choice website.
Did you know?
- According to the EPA, conventional energy production from fossil
fuels is the leading cause of industrial air pollution
- The U.S. holds less than 5% of the world's population but produces
nearly 25% of global carbon emissions**
- Electricity accounts for 39% of all CO2 emissions***
*AWEA, U.S. Wind Industry Market Report
**Scientific American, September 2006
***U.S. Department of Energy, 2007 Buildings Energy Data Book