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Squaw aims for 100 percent renewable energy

Associated Press
Skier Todd Ligre shreds through some fresh powder at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
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RENO, Nev. — One of the largest ski resorts at Lake Tahoe has entered into a collaborative agreement with an area utility to identify energy resources to meet its goal of using 100 percent renewable, clean energy as soon as the end of the year.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced the deal Wednesday with the California-based Liberty Utilities.

Greg Sorensen, president of the utility’s west region, says they’re working with resort leadership to develop new renewable energy generation, storage and efficiency protects to benefit resort and surrounding area south of Truckee, California.

He says they’re targeting development of new solar energy.

Resort President Andy Wirth says Wednesday’s announcement demonstrates that moving to all renewable energy “in the present tense — not a generation from now” is not only possible, it’s “entirely doable.”

The announcement comes as more resorts and mountain towns work to elevate the importance of climate change and its impacts.

This past summer Vail Resorts — which owns and operates Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain resorts and Northstar California — announced its “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint.”

The project commits to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat.

In the past year, the city of South Lake Tahoe and the town of Truckee both made goals of reaching 100 percent renewable energy.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education also adopted green initiatives this past fall.


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