JAC gets its Green Power “wings”

JACKSON, WY— In the largest commercial conversion to Green Power this year, Jackson Hole Airport has committed to run on 100% Green Power provided by Lower Valley Energy.

The conversion comes just in time for a busy 2019/19 winter travel season. Energy Conservation Works (ECW) and Lower Valley Energy (LVE) have been working extensively with the airport over recent years to reduce their energy use and evaluate their energy footprint. This recent commitment is part of Jackson Hole Airport’s ongoing sustainability efforts.

“The Airport Board is focused on preserving our environment and aligning our sustainability goals with the values of Grand Teton National Park and our community. Making the move to run all Airport managed facilities on 100% Green Power is an additional way we can support these goals,” said Jackson Hole Airport Board President Jerry Blann.

The Jackson Hole Airport joins a group of airports across the U.S., including Fresno, Indianapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and San Diego, in using Green Power. JAC is pleased to be on the leading edge of the industry.

As an industry catalyst, the International Air Transport Association, representing 290 airlines and 82% of total air traffic, has set goals to dramatically reduce emissions by 2050, have carbon neutral growth by 2020, and increase efficiency annually.

Their commitment to Green Power  means that all the airport’s electricity needs will be met from local, and regional Green Power resources. This offset equates to the average energy use of nearly 300 average Jackson homes. Much of the Green Power provided through LVE is produced at the Horse Butte Wind Farm, outside Idaho Falls. Additional Green Power comes from several local micro-hydroelectric facilities owned and operated by LVE along with other regional wind farms. The Town of Jackson and Teton County both purchase the electricity from these local hydro projects.

ECW Director Phil Cameron is excited about the message this move sends to the community and its visitors. “As a point of entry for so many of our visitors, and a vital community asset, to have Jackson Hole Airport running on Green Power really embodies our community ideals,” he said. “The airport’s significant commitment to Green Power reflects a changing sentiment in Teton County that using renewable energy is becoming a standard best practice.”

Energy Conservation Works partnered with Lower Valley Energy in September of 2017, launching an effort to increase participation in the Green Power program. Since then, hundreds of residents and business owners have chosen to switch their power to green sources. Grand Teton National Park, the Town of Jackson and Teton County as agencies, and Snow King Mountain Resort are key community entities that operate on 100% Green Power. Ready to make the switch and reduce your energy footprint? You can sign up today here. To learn more about the airport’s comprehensive sustainability initiatives visit JacksonHoleAirport.com.

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