Wind Power

By: AP
By: AP

Vail Resorts is planning to buy enough wind power to replace all the electricity it uses from traditional sources.

The switch makes the ski operator the second-largest corporate purchaser of wind power in the country.

The company says it will buy nearly 152-thousand megawatt-hours of wind-generated electricity each year.

It did NOT disclose the cost, but Vail spokeswoman Kelly Ladyga says there will be a small increase for the new energy, and prices for wind power would be comparable to fossil fuel.

Vail CEO Rob Katz says the company wants to QUOTE "reinforce our commitment to the natural environment."

Vail Resorts owns and operates the Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge ski areas in Colorado. It also runs Heavenly in the Lake Tahoe area and the Grand Teton Lodge near Jackson, Wyoming.

It also has 135 stores, lodges and offices.

Earlier this year, Texas-based Whole Foods Market said it would buy 458-thousand megawatt-hours of wind-generated electricity annually to replace all of its power consumption.

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