The Clean Power Plan A Big Win To Andy Wirth

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Andy Wirth has long been a proponent of taking care of nature, looking out for local business, and inspiring change in important ways. Now the Squaw Valley CEO is getting a chance to actually manufacture some real change in the Reno region. As a member of the Reno Airport Authority Board, and a prominent voice around the Reno City Council, Wirth took a moment to release an op-ed through the Reno Gazette-Journal regarding the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan, like much regarding climate change and the effect that humans have played, has been a divisive subject in Reno. However, Wirth made it very clear where his loyalties lay and why he supports the movement.

In an impassioned plea to readers, Andy Wirth spoke of how the Clean Power Plan could be a chance for the region to lead the way in environmentally friendly energy consumption. Wirth pointed to the poor air quality of the Reno region, the forest fires eating up the countryside, and the proximity of coal burning plants and he used that to launch into a chance for change. The Clean Power Plan, according to Wirth, gives the Reno City Council a way to make a real change for the positive of the environment. Wirth pointed to the CPP as an opportunity for the region to become a 21st Century example of change in the face of dramatic climate change.

Wirth went on to say that many of the largest companies in the world, like Apple and Microsoft, were beginning to seriously focus on minimizing their carbon footprint while pursuing clean energy opportunities. Wirth said that the Clean Power plan was “apolitical” and something that could help benefit the environment and their economy. He spoke of how the change to clean energy could bring in jobs while securing a healthier future.

Andy Wirth has been in the news often for his activities out in nature. He survived a deadly skydiving accident, nearly losing his arm in the process, and was back working for Squaw Valley within months. He’s a nature activist and a sharp business entrepreneur.


Andy Wirth Op Ed Champions Reno’s Clean Power Plan Project

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In early September, The Reno City Council voted in favor of supporting the Clean Power Plan, which is ultimately said to get our country moving in the right direction and away from dirty coal power. The right direction would be in the way of cleaner and more renewable energy. An Op Ed was recently written about this very subject by Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Wirth has tirelessly worked to make his skiing area a top tourist destination in the world. Wirth is also a Lake Tahoe champion for environmental and community service.

In his Op-Ed, Wirth discusses support for the Clean Power Plan in Reno and the vote by the city council that made them an important entity in the community. The council joins multiple private sector companies in support of the plan. Wirth says these are very different voices coming together to press the utility companies and our society more towards obtaining clean energy. He fully supports the Clean Power Plan.

Noting that the times have changed, with a new economy and opportunity for the Reno area region, Wirth says there has already been a great deal of progress made in building an energy economy using clean energy. Private companies that support the Clean Power Plan are putting the pressure on utility companies to incorporate this into their plans.
Wirth felt that the Clean Power Plan was an opportunity for citizens of Reno to ask and get more from the city’s elected officials. The push, by Wirth, is to make the region surrounding Reno the example and a leader in clean energy for the 21st century.

What the topic of clean energy is really about to Wirth though is the poor quality air that we breathe, which is truly unacceptable. But it is also apolitical. It’s about an opportunity to help usher in energy sourcing that is clean, along with opening the door to some world leading companies including Apple, Microsoft and Tesla. These companies are making it clear that having clean energy is the future.

Wirth is also chairman of the board of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. Wirth’s Op-Ed was published through the Reno Gazette-Journal.