POWER Engineers, a global consulting firm based in Hailey, has begun using 100% renewable energy for its Idaho operations, reducing its annual carbon footprint by more than 2,300 tons with help from Idaho Power.
POWER will buy 3,000,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable hydropower per year from Idaho Power. This amount of renewable energy is comparable to removing more than 460 vehicles from the road, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. The renewable hydropower comes from efficiency upgrades made at Idaho Power’s hydroelectric plants on the Snake River.
“We’re fortunate in Idaho to have an abundance of clean wind, solar and hydropower,” said POWER sustainability lead and Executive Vice President Holger Peller. “Making this investment in our state’s renewable infrastructure is an important part of meeting our sustainability goals.”
POWER joins a growing number of Idaho Power commercial customers that have made 100% clean pledges. Others include Bigelow Tea, the Boise Co-op, Bogus Basin and Obendorf Farms. Their purchases of local renewable energy signal support for Idaho’s clean energy development and Idaho Power’s own goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045.
“With its commitment to renewable energy, POWER Engineers sets an example for other companies and customers to follow,” Idaho Power Energy Advisor Amber Larna said. “Responsibility to our customers, environment and communities is central to Idaho Power’s mission, so we’re proud to work alongside POWER on this effort.”