A new cogeneration system at Snowbird Resort is set to go online next month and will have the ability to make energy production more efficient and produce up to 90% to 100% of the resort's power needs depending on the season.
Hospitals have, for years, used cogeneration systems to continue functions when even when the power in the community around them is out. Snowbird first installed a similar cogeneration power system in 1986.
Sarah Sherman, communications manager for Snowbird Resort, explained that the resort can keep staff and visitors safe if there's a road closure or a "crazy weather event" that secludes people.
"We're able to be self-sufficient off the grid if needed," she said.