Park City's Windy Week


Recycle Utah will hold its annual windmill making contest after the Miners’ Day Parade in City Park on Monday, September 1st. Residents can sign up for Blue Sky wind power from Rocky Mountain Power.

As part of “Windy Week” Mayor Dana Williams will be reading a story about wind power to children at the Park City Library on Thursday, September 4th at 11 a.m.

With Blue Sky, Rocky Mountain Power customers purchase new wind energy in 100-kilowatt-hour increments called "blocks" for an additional fixed cost of $1.95 per block per month.

More than 10 percent of Park City’s Rocky Mountain Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program. Together, they support 8,247 blocks of renewable energy each month, or 824,700 kilowatt-hours.

Park City Municipal Corporation has increased its purchase of wind power to 10% of the City electricity needs.

The Tanger Outlet Center in Park City is the first shopping mall in the state to buy Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy. Eleven stores there are offsetting 15 percent of their electricity usage with wind power.

Today Park City is working to increase community participation to 15 percent. Currently, 1,549 residential customers and 97 area businesses are enrolled compared to 253 in November 2003. Increased participation is the result of grassroots initiatives with Recycle Utah, Leadership Class X, and Utah Clean Energy.

Rocky Mountain Power has made renewable energy purchases from the following wind farms:

Wolverine Creek, about 10 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Id. About 17,500 customers are served by this wind farm.

Judith Gap Wind, Harlowton, Mont., 135 megawatts. The 90 Judith Gapwind turbines have been in operation since December 2005. Each 250-feet high turbine produces enough to power approximately 350 - 400 homes.

Condon Wind Project, Gilliam County, Ore., 49.8 megawatts. The Condon Wind Project has been in operation since the end of 2001. The 83 turbines of the project produce enough energy to meet the needs of more than 10,500 homes. Farming and grazing continue around the bases of the 274-foot high turbines.

Foote Creek IV Wind Project, Arlington, Wyo., 16.8 megawatts. Foote Creek IV is located between Laramie and Rawlins in southwestern Wyoming, one of the windiest places in America with average wind speeds of 25 mph. The facility generates enough clean energy to power nearly 4,300 average homes each year.

Klondike Wind Project, Sherman County, Ore., 24 megawatts. This project's 16 GE turbines are capable of producing 1.5 megawatts of electricity each and provide enough power to supply more than6,000 homes. They are currently undergoing a 75 MW expansion.

Nine Canyon Wind Project, Kennewick, Wash., 63.7 megawats. Blue Sky customers are buying 40,000-megawatt hours of wind power from Washington’s Nine Canyon Wind Project. Located near the Stateline Wind facility on a dry land wheat farm, Nine Canyon is one the largest public power-owned wind projects in the nation. It consists of 49 turbines, each capable of producing 1.3 megawatts of electricity.

Blue Sky customers are buying enough renewable energy to power 3,300 Rocky Mountain Power homes a year. The project even has a letter of support from the lower Columbia Basin Chapter of the Audubon Society, because great lengths were taken to minimize the facility’s impact on birds.

Pleasant Valley Wind Project, Evanston, Wyo., 144 megawatts. As the largest wind energy facility in Wyoming, Pleasant Valley’s 80 turbines can generate enough energy to power nearly 43,000 homes. Each 1.8 megawatt wind turbine, which is among the world’s largest, has a rotor diameter of 262 feet and a tower height of 220 feet. The facility is located on ranch land currently used for cattle grazing.

Stateline Energy Center, Umatilla County, Ore., and Walla Walla County, Wash., 300 megawatts. Stateline Energy Center, so named because it straddles the Oregon and Washington border, is one of the largest producers of wind energy in the world. Large enough to provide power to more than 70,000 homes, Stateline provided 150 jobs during its construction and employs 15 permanent full-time workers in its operation.

Rocky Mountain Power also offers customers who install windmills the opportunity to participate in a net metering program.

Net metering measures the difference between the electricity purchased from Rocky Mountain Power and the electricity generated by a home or business solar or wind power. In other words, Rocky Mountain Power pays for any electricity going into the grid from a home or business generator.

To sign up for wind power, stop by Recycle Utah or go to online at www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky or call 800-769-3717.