DONNELLY, Idaho — Tamarack Resort and the Tamarack Municipal Association announced they are now operating on 100 percent clean energy.
Tamarack has reduced its carbon footprint by purchasing 1,761 Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match its non-hydro electricity use. Idaho Power and 3Degrees, Inc. helped make it happen.
"We are excited to be operating on 100% clean energy," says Brad Larsen, Tamarack Resort general manager. "Our work with Idaho Power and 3Degrees helps us support the renewable energy market and is a positive step towards reducing carbon emissions."
"Idaho Power supports Tamarack's commitment to clean energy, which aligns with our own goal to provide 100% clean energy to all customers by 2045," said Bo Hanchey, Idaho Power vice president of customer operations. "We're proud to give Tamarack a great start with a foundation of clean, affordable, reliable hydropower."
Almost half of the energy Tamarack Resort comes from clean, local hydroelectric sources. Tamarack bought RECs through 3Degrees, Inc. from wind, solar, biomass or small hydropower production across the western U.S. to cover the rest of the resort's electricity footprint.
Tamarack Resort has also eliminated single-use plastic in the base area, keeping 134,000 individual pieces of plastic from landfill since August 2018. The resort recently completed a LED light conversion in its operation office.
The 1,761 renewable megawatt hours of renewable energy generation Tamarack supports have an environmental impact similar to growing 20,755 tree seedlings for ten years or taking 264 cars off the road for a year.