Solar was in the news the past couple of weeks, with Idaho Power and partner Interconnect Solar Development submitting a contract to state regulators for what may become Idaho’s first utility-scale solar project. Meanwhile, a north Idaho company nailed down a second contract from the federal government as it pushes ahead on its dream to integrate solar panels into the nation’s roadways, parking lots, and other surfaces. Also, the PUC is beginning work on two large rate cases filed by Idaho Power and Avista Utilities, while Idaho Power’s latest “integrated resource plan” – its roadmap to meet future energy needs – has been filed with the PUC and will soon be open to public comment. 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!

Don't miss our July member meeting today at the usual time and place.  Dr. John Gardner, Director of the CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute and Professor of Engineering at Boise State, will be discussing Demand Side Management programs and wind power integration techniques. 

We'll also be discussing the role that we'd like to take in the Interim Energy Committee's formal review of the 2007 Idaho Energy Plan in coming months and de-briefing about the Living Energy Festival.

Hope to see you there!
The Idaho Legislature's Interim Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee will be meeting tomorrow at 9am at the Idaho Statehouse to begin its discussion about energy policy in Idaho.  Find the full agenda on the Legislature website and attend if you can!