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Teton County Contracts for Green Energy

October 17, 2013 Jackson Hole, Lincoln County, State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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Lower Valley Energy and Teton County have signed the 100% Renewable Green Energy Partnership Agreement, allowing Teton County to purchase all of its electricity from Lower Valley Energy’s Swift Creek hydroelectric project located in Lincoln County. Lower Valley Energy’s CEO Jim Webb says the project was recently certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, and that certification is important to show that the Swift Creek hydroelectric project has minimal environmental impact and meets stringent requirements.  Swift Creek is the second LVE system to get such a certification, the first being Strawberry Creek low-impact hydropower system located in Bedford, Wyoming north of Afton. County Commission Chairman Paul Vogelheim says Teton County uses approximately 4.6 million kilowatt hours, or $240,000, in electricity annually. He says by signing the agreement the county ensures its energy needs are met, but in an environmentally sensitive way.

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