Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

All lifts and buildings at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will now be powered by wind.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort announced today that it will now use exclusively renewable energy to power its operations, following in the footsteps of other major Jackson Hole organizations in recent years.

The switch includes everything from ski lifts to base area operations, according to a press release. Everything will run on wind power from the Horse Butte Wind Farm in Idaho, through Lower Valley Energy’s Green Power program.

“We are constantly seeking ways to reduce our impact on the environment,” Chief Brand Officer Tyler LaMotte said in the release, “and making the transition to running Jackson Hole’s full mountain operations on wind powered energy is a big step that aligns with JHMR’s core values.”

Lower Valley Energy President Jim Webb also lauded the move toward sustainability.

"We have been working on this green power partnership for some time and are very excited this came to fruition with such a great local industry leader," he said in the release.

In roughly the past year, Jackson Hole Airport and Snow King Mountain Resort have also made the change to green power, as have hundreds of other Teton County residents and businesses.

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(3) comments

Ken Chison

Steven and Richard. It's official. There are 3 of us that actually know how a power grid works. And none of us probably have an elected position.

Steven Kardas

We are all still waiting for the new miracle energy source that will produce limitless power and non polluting. Note to everyone that refuses to understand reality: Americans used in 2018 3.9 billion megawatt-hours. Our population is growing, not shrinking. We will need much more electricity in the future , not less. Wind and solar will not and can not produce this type of energy, not even close. Wind and solar are not making money and is unsupportable without tax subsidies. These [...] declarations by businesses and industry that they are now run entirely by wind power is just what it is...a [...] story. Its a lie. But it makes every one feel good. I myself resent being constantly lied to. We have squandered our solutions . A lump of uranium the size of your fist powers an 105,000 ton aircraft carrier at 30 knots for twenty years. All the depleted uranium can be made into new fuel, plutonium in breeder reactors, thus vastly reducing the need to store depleted fuel in caverns. Jimmy Carter put an end to that. No breeder reactors allowed. Good move Jimmy. Here is a solution, maybe we can come up with a way to convert the B.S. coming out of Washington DC into a power source, maybe then we will have a limitless supply of energy. It never ceases to amaze me that how ignorant people are about what it takes to have the things we take for granted every day , Electricity is a good example.

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Richard Jones

The article and headline are completely misleading and patently false. "it will now use exclusively renewable energy to power its operations". All the resort is doing is paying Lower Valley Power a premium rate to help support their investment in the Horse Butte Wind Farm. In no factual way is the Resort "exclusively using renewable energy".

Lower Valley Power supplies power to the grid from several sources. Several conventional, a couple of hydroelectric and the smaller contribution from the most expensive source Horse Butte. All this power goes into the grid and that power goes to the resort. There is no way they can claim that the power they use comes exclusively from the wind farm. It's just power. Technically, wind farms are unreliable sources of power for a grid because either there is not enough wind or some times too much wind. Most are lucky to have 30% efficiency and because the grid needs reliable power there must be a conventional source ready to increase output at any moment to compensate for the fluctuations in the wind source. In this system, it's impossible to have exclusively renewable power from a wind farm. Any customer of Lower Valley can pay a monthly premium and make the same false claim. Any of the entities making this "Green" claim are marketing a falsehood of virtue. When the wind doesn't blow the Resort will continue to operate without a glitch.

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