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Local Small Business Owners Bring Next Generation Alternative Energy to Vegas

Local Small Business Owners Bring Next Generation Alternative Energy to Vegas

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windturbineLas Vegas, NV For local small business owners Heather and Jared Fisher, purchasing and installing a wind turbine is just the latest step in reducing their environmental impact.

The Fishers' company, Escape Adventures, runs local hiking and biking tours for corporate clients and visiting tourists, as well as weeklong vacation tours to a variety of national and even international locales. The Fishers have built Escape into a sustainability powerhouse, with solar powered facilities, vegetable oil fueled vans andthe most comprehensive environmental program in the industry. Now they're modifying their own local property to keep up with their business' impressive eco-record.

"It's all about utilizing renewable resources to reduce our footprint," said Escape Adventures Tour Director and Las Vegas area resident Jared Fisher. "We're finding ourselves once again on the forefront of advances in alternative energy."

While many early adopters used solar and wind to power facilities in rural areas beyond the reach of standard power lines, more and more "on the grid" energy customers like the Fishers are taking matters into their own hands.

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Financial Incentives Propel Small Wind Program

Financial Incentives Propel Small Wind Program

Source: NV Energy

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Nevada’s small wind turbine rebate program is picking up speed. Electric utility NV Energy began offering its WindGenerations program to most of its 1.2 million Nevada customers in August 2008, and 20 projects generating 58.4 kilowatts have since been completed. Applications are pending for another 110 installations.

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Special Discount on Maze Tours Offered

Special Discount on Maze Tours Offered

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LAS VEGAS, NV— Following an extensive survey of hundreds of tours offered by outfitters from all over the globe, National Geographic Traveler magazine chose Escape Adventures' Mountain Biking the Maze tour to highlight in its 2009 "50 Tours of a Lifetime" feature. To celebrate, Escape is offering $50 off all remaining 2009 Maze tour dates, for a limited time only.

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Desert Rocks Music Festival

Desert Rocks Music Festival

The 2009 Desert Rocks Music Festival is seeking to be Utah’s first “Zero-Waste” and 100% carbon neutral music festival!

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MOAB, Utah — Desert Rocks seeks to set a precedent amongst the festival community by committing itself to creating a sustainability-minded festival that will leave a positive legacy for its festival family, the communities that Desert Rocks touches, and the magnificent outdoor arena of Moab! Desert Rocks 2009 will be partnering with Zerohero Events www.zeroheroevents.org of Ft. Collins, CO to implement a greening program.

Desert Rocks 09 will implement the following initiatives as part of its greening program:

  • Three-stream zero waste management (trash, recycling and compost) in venue
  • Renewable energy use of biodiesel B2 in place of diesel
  • Compostable product use by all vendors
  • Festival carbon offsetting
  • An around the clock Green Team
  • Leave no trace campsite waste management
  • Educational messaging and outreach program
  • Artist participation
  • Local non-profit group participation
  • Carpool and rideshare encouragement
  • Green Center area for games, a silent auction, children’s activities and other fun projects


Desert Rocks Greening will be made possible with the help of Escape Adventures, a mountain biking and adventure tourism group based at Moab Cyclery in Moab, UT. Both will be at Desert Rocks providing bike rentals and tours onsite! Don't miss out on biking some of the most incredible terrain of southwest America while at Desert Rocks 2009!

Escape Adventures further greens its bike tours with Blue Sky

Escape Adventures further greens its bike tours with Blue Sky
Contact: Jeff Hymas, Rocky Mountain Power
801-220-2340, newsdesk@pacificorp.com

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MOAB, Utah — Escape Adventures not only helps riders enjoy two-wheeled tours with little environmental impact, it also greens its business operations by purchasing Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy.

Escape Adventures offers mountain bike tours throughout the world, but calls Moab the mountain bike capital. The company understands that the area’s pristine environment is key to the company’s long-term success.

“Everything we do impacts the environment in a positive or negative way,” said Jared Fisher, director of Escape Adventures. “We understand this and take it very seriously, which is why Blue Sky is part of our operations.”

Blue Sky is Rocky Mountain Power’s voluntary renewable energy program for residential and business customers.Escape Adventures is buying 25 blocks of Blue Sky each month, which supports 2,500 kilowatt hours of wind energy from the western region.

Escape Adventures’ purchase is equivalent to offsetting 18 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, creating annual environmental benefits equivalent to taking three cars off the road or driving nearly 37,000 fewer miles. “Renewable energy is an important, growing part of Rocky Mountain Power’s energy mix,” said Debra Dull, customer and community manager for Rocky Mountain Power. “Blue Sky provides a simple and convenient way for businesses and residential customers to support renewable energy even more.”

In addition to purchasing Blue Sky, Escape Adventures uses vehicles powered by 100 percent renewable vegetable oil, and has installed solar panels to power its Moab bicycle shop.

“Some renewable energy projects can be more complicated, such as operating solar or wind turbines,” Fisher said. “Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky makes supporting renewable energy easy.”

Blue Sky renewable energy comes from wind farms in the western United States, and is purchased in 100-kilowatt-hour block increments for $1.95 each per month in addition to a customer’s regular electric bill. Blue Sky customers support new commercial-scale renewable energy generation in the region, as well as smaller-scale renewable energy projects.

More than 67,000 customers in the western United States participate in the Blue Sky program, including more than 25,000 Blue Sky customers in Utah. Business customers can buy Blue Sky blocks in bulk at a discount through Blue Sky QS.

To learn more about Blue Sky or to sign up, call 800-769-3717 or visit www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky.


Rocky Mountain Power
Rocky Mountain Power is headquartered in Salt Lake City and provides electric service to more than 957,000 customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power provide approximately 1.7 million customers in six Western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Visit www.rockymountainpower.net.

Escape Adventures
Escape Adventures offers exciting. multi-day mountain bike tours and adventure vacations in the US and Canada. In Moab, it operates tours to nearby Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park and Fruita, Colo. Its tours leave from Moab Cyclery, located at 391 Main St. Visit www.escapeadventures.com.

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About Escape

Specializing in western North America, Escape Adventures is a leader in first-class eco-friendly cycling and multi-sport adventure. In 2006, we became the world's first carbon neutral outfitter, bringing sustainable adventure to all the places we visit, from Alaska to Belize and beyond. By simply joining a tour with us, outdoor enthusiasts are now helping to preserve the beautiful backcountry areas they enjoy.

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To reserve your trip - 800.596.2953, info@escapeadventures.com

Toll Free: 800-596-2953
Local: 702-596-2953

10575 Discovery Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135


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