Aspen airport buys wind power |

Aspen airport buys wind power

Daily staff report
Vail, CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will start spending $28,440 a year to offset its greenhouse gas emissions from electric energy use by buying wind power, Pitkin County officials announced Monday.

The county subscribed to the Holy Cross Energy Wind Power Pioneers Program to offset nearly 916 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The purchase of wind power will offset what the airport uses in electric energy per month. On average, the airport uses 94,800 kilowatt-hours of energy per month, which generates roughly 76 tons of carbon dioxide.

Despite the airport’s purchase of wind power, the city of Aspen is still paying a price for airport operations in its carbon footprint ” or total greenhouse gas emissions. A study released last year showed that commercial flights accounted for 22 percent of Aspen’s greenhouse gas production while private flights accounted for another 19 percent.

The wind power purchase doesn’t address that greenhouse gas production.

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