January 7, 2020 (BOISE, ID)– Bogus Basin is proud to announce it will use 100% renewable energy in 2020.
The nonprofit recreation area will buy renewable energy from Idaho Power, which recently announced its goal of reaching 100% clean energy by 2045.
“Sustainability is a key value for Bogus Basin and our guests,” General Manager, Brad Wilson, said. “More and more of our customers are making efforts to reduce their own carbon footprints at home and at work, and they want us to do the same.”
Bogus Basin will cover its estimated 3,592 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy use (equivalent to powering about 325 average homes in Idaho Power’s service area) next year by purchasing renewable energy from efficiency upgrades Idaho Power had made to three of its Idaho-based hydroelectric plants. The environmental benefit of this much renewable energy is equivalent to avoiding 2,738 tons of CO2– comparable to removing 531 vehicles from the road for a year, according to 2018 figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator and Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database.
“Bogus Basin has been a valued partner since skiers started making the trek up Bogus Basin Road almost 80 years ago,” Idaho Power Regional Manager, Brent Lulloff, said. “We couldn’t be more excited about Bogus Basin’s leaders taking on an initiative that aligns with our own clean-energy goal.”
Buying 100% renewable energy is just one of the ways Bogus Basin is working to improve the environment. Other initiatives include an agreement with the City of Boise for a permanent park-and-ride lot at Fort Boise; a new public shuttle service from downtown; carpool benefits on holidays and weekends for vehicles carrying three or more people; and recycling 30 tons of scrap metal.
Bogus Basin hots more than 400,000 guests per year in the winter and summer. It is at least the second Idaho ski area– and Idaho Power customer– to make a clean-energy pledge. Last October, Tamarack Resort announced it will use 100% clean energy, relying on clean hydropower that makes up almost half of Idaho Power’s energy mix and the purchase of renewable energy certificates to cover the remainder of the resort’s energy use.
“We appreciate the leadership our friends at Idaho Power and Tamarack have shown,” said Wilson. “The more Idaho businesses and residents that commit to clean and renewable energy, the more likely we are to achieve a sustainable future.”
About Bogus Basin
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is the largest nonprofit recreation area in the country. It is a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the community to provide accessible, affordable, and fun year-round mountain recreation and education. Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain, and 165 acres for night skiing; eleven lifts and three people-mover carpets; an 800-foot tubing hill, and a 4,251 foot Mountain Coaster. The Nordic Center offers 37 kilometers of groomed trails. Environmental education and community outreach programs serve over 20,000 individuals annually, primarily youth. Summer activities include the mountain coaster, mountain biking, events, hiking and chairlift service for hike and bike transport. Bogus Basin is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest. www.bogusbasin.org