Idaho Power sold $540,000 worth of surplus pollution credits last year, and last week the PUC ordered most of the money should be returned to utility customers rather than spending some of it on energy efficiency programs as proposed by some who commented on the case. Idaho Power also updated its projected cost for one of its major planned transmission lines, and the increase is considerable. Meanwhile, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released a report on how to encourage more utilities to ramp up their efficiency efforts, and Idaho is included in the study. And Bonneville Power Administration will hit Idaho Falls on Friday to solicit comments on its plans for energy efficiency programs after this year.

For more on these and other developments, including the first energy bill introduced in the new legislative session, read on. Thanks as always, and if you have any calendar items, please send them along!

Here's the invitation we're sending to select Legislators:
There's still some room left for a few more Collaborative members.  Let us know if you're interested in attending!