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Utah brewer to get electricity from wind power
1 March 2002
Beer and wind power belong together, at least in the US. Uinta Brewing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, has become the second American brewer to get 100% of its electricity from wind turbines. It signed up for the energy through PacifiCorp's Blue Sky program, which is marketed to customers through the utility's Utah Power subsidiary for $2.95 a 100 kWh block. The power comes from the Rock River I wind farm in Wyoming, which SeaWest and Shell completed in November using Mitsubishi turbines. The first brewery to get 100% of its energy from wind is New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. That brewery buys its wind power through Excel Energy's Windsource program. Uinta president and owner Will Hamill believes customers will be drawn to his beers if they are brewed using wind power. The purchase also fits with Utah's new Salt Lake City Green program, launched last year.
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