Buck Hill Ski Area receives 100 percent of its electricity from the wind after recently increasing its commitment to purchase Dakota Electric Association’s Wellspring Renewable Wind Energy. Everything from chair lifts to light bulbs will be powered 100 percent from wind energy.

In 2005, Buck Hill elected to purchase approximately two-thirds of its electric usage from the Wellspring program, which Dakota Electric provides as an option to its members who desire to purchase energy generated by wind turbines. Wellspring subscribers pay a slight premium to purchase wind energy sold in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks. A decline in the price of Wellspring has made the program more attractive to environmentally conscious Dakota Electric members.

This new level of commitment from Buck Hill means that it will be purchasing approximately 1.5 million kilowatt hours of wind-generated electricity annually. That has a similar environmental impact as planting more than 1,000 acres of trees.

“Buck Hill Ski Area is proud to support the environment,” Buck Hill’s general manager Don McClure said. “We’re in the business of healthy, outdoor living, so what better way to emphasize that than by purchasing renewable wind energy? We believe it is worth the investment for our community.”

A customer-owned, non-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 98,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric, a Touchstone Energy Partner, serves its member/owners with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

For the past 61 years, Buck Hill Ski Area has been known as a great place for winter family fun including skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Its reputation as a quality ski area is known across the country. Buck Hill is located approximately nine miles south of 494 on 35W in Burnsville.