Responding to inquiries from Idahoans wanting a greater voice in how their utilities operate and where they get their power, the Snake River Alliance has released “Idaho’s Clean Energy Future,” a free booklet available for download that walks readers through the world of Idaho’s electricity industry. Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission says it’s not turning a deaf ear to Idaho Power’s request for changes in the way it treats some of its growing energy conservation programs. And the PUC has also received the every-other-year energy resource plan from Rocky Mountain Power, and will soon set a comment period so the public can weigh in. For more information on these developments and coming events, read on.

Thanks as always, and if you have any calendar items, please send them along!
 
Ken
 
I hope that many of you will take some time out of your afternoon this Wednesday to come to the Idaho Energy Collaborative May meeting, where we will be joined by Bob Neilson and Lisa LaBolle who will give a presentation on the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance and highlight some energy issues in our state.  There will be ample opportunity for Q&A, so come prepared for an interesting discussion.  (Visit the ISEA website for more info)

Meeting Details:
Wednesday, May 18th
12:00 - 1:30
121 N 9th st.
5th floor conference room, CCDC building
 
In a move that’s leaving Idaho energy-watchers scratching their heads, Idaho Power has pulled out the stops with a pricey ad campaign to try to further slow down wind energy development in Idaho. The ads paint the utility as one of the nation’s greenest – a claim quickly refuted in another ad by the region’s independent power producers. In other Idaho Power news, long-time regulatory affairs chief and more recently the company’s sustainability czar Ric Gale announced his retirement from the company. And in nuke news, the Pueblo County Commission in Colorado has denied a request for a reactor project – one that once involved the company that has been shopping reactors around Idaho for the past four years. And THAT company, Eagle-based AEHI, has a June 6 date before the Payette County Commission for its project, as well as an October 2012 date in U.S. District Court to answer to federal securities fraud charges. For more information on these developments, read on.

Thanks as always, and if you have any calendar items, please send them along!
 
Ken