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This City Club of Boise Forum on energy policy was recorded on  Monday, July 8, 2019.


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Idaho and Oregon have worked out a deal to keep operating the Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River.

 

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Customers of Idaho Power could see their bill go down in the coming year.

Regular, residential customers would see their monthly power bill go down by about 60 cents per month. While not a lot, the decrease would indicate a trend of downward rates at Idaho Power. As the utility files its fourth rate adjustment with regulators, it’s proposing collecting about $40 million less from ratepayers.


Idaho Power Sets Goal Of 100% Clean Energy By 2045

Mar 28, 2019
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Idaho Power announced a pledge Tuesday to provide customers 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045. The company that serves over half-a-million customers calls the effort “Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow.” Nearly 50 percent of the electricity the company currently generates comes from hydro power. About a fifth comes from coal. Adam Richins, Idaho Power's Vice President of Customer Operations and Business Development, joins Idaho Matters to talk about shifting paradigms in the state's energy generation.

On The Thursday, March 28, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Mar 27, 2019

  • Idaho Power announces ambitious clean energy goals.
  • One Stone lets the students run the school.
  • 'Fishing Through the Apocalypse' predicts the future of freshwater fish.
  • Salsa Idaho brings a spicy flair to Boise ballrooms.

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Idaho Power announced a pledge Tuesday to provide customers 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045.

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Idaho Power has a green power initiative that allows people to purchase wind and solar energy for their homes. Now, this week’s Treefort Music Fest is getting in on the program. 

 


State Planning For Electric Vehicle Expansion In Idaho

Mar 15, 2019
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Idaho officials are discussing a multi-year project that would put charging stations throughout the state to accommodate electric vehicle owners. Idaho Matters checks in with Adam Richins of Idaho Power and Courtney White, a Boise State adjunct professor of strategy and innovation.

On The Friday, March 15, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Mar 14, 2019

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • State officials mull placing charging stations for electric vehicles throughout Idaho.
  • Off Center Dance combines movement and virtual reality.

Idaho Power

The City of Boise will host three open houses to facilitate discussions with the community to determine the direction of energy generation and usage in Boise. We talk with Idaho Power about efforts to bring the region to 100% renewable energy use.

  • Paradigm shifts in employment and education standards.
  • The future of energy in Boise.
  • The Cabin presents author Tayari Jones.
  • The world's best bike movies ride into Boise.

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Idaho, Oregon and Idaho Power have reached an agreement on operating a set of three dams in Hells Canyon that’s been years in the making. But some environmentalists aren’t happy.

Courtesy Xcel Energy

The largest electric utility in Colorado, Xcel Energy, is making major investments in batteries to store the energy generated by nearby solar farms -- making the state a regional leader in deploying the rapidly advancing technology.

 

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The federal government has signed off on the final routes on public land for a 990-mile-long power line across Idaho and Wyoming.

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Right now, Idaho homeowners who install rooftop solar panels receive credits for any extra energy they generate. But Idaho Power is looking to change that system, setting up a fight between the company and solar power advocates.

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Idaho officials have reached a tentative agreement approving a utility company's $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.

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Earlier this month, two Idaho Power linemen made a high-altitude rescue of a young osprey at Swan Falls Dam.

Robert Scott of Boise and his wife were fishing when they noticed a juvenile bird high up in a nest on top of a power pole. The bird was trying to fly but was stuck on some baling twine inside the nest. Scott said the parents of the bird were shrieking and flying around the nest. He found a maintenance worker from Idaho Power and explained the problem. The worker radioed for help.

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Update Friday, July 28: The Snake River Alliance is extending the deadline to sign up for its Solarize the Valley project. The deadline is now August 15.

Renewable energy is always a subject up for discussion. Idaho Power serves about 1,200 solar users, but across the country, there’s pushback from utility companies on renewables, specifically with the net metering process.

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The warm temperatures late last week are being blamed for rising flood waters in parts of Blaine and Elmore Counties.

Idaho Power Looking For Expenditure Approval

Jan 20, 2017
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As part of a push to relicense the Hells Canyon hydroelectric facilities, Idaho Power is seeking an expenditure review by the state’s Public Utilities Commission

If the commission agrees to review the $221 million spent by Idaho Power and grants a prudency determination, the electric company could recoup that money from ratepayers.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management has given the green light to the final federal land section of the Gateway West Transmission Line.

It’s called a Record of Decision, or ROD, and wraps up the federal permission process for the 990-mile power line from Glenrock, Wyoming to Melba, Idaho. The two companies building the line, Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, started working with the BLM on the project in 2007.

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Idaho Power is working to improve water quality and habitat in parts of the Snake River upstream from dams in Hells Canyon.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the utility company recently wrapped up a project to deepen a stretch of river and plant more than 18,000 trees near Walter's Ferry and other efforts in different parts of the river are expected.

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State officials have approved a utility company's application to build a solar power project southeast of Boise funded by customers who take out subscriptions.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission late last week approved Idaho Power's application for the 500-kilowatt solar project that would be the state's first utility-owned solar power production facility.

Idaho Power is looking to build the state's first utility-owned solar power project.

The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for its Community Solar Pilot Program.

The proposed 500-kilowatt solar array would be built southeast of Boise and power about 1,000 homes and 500 businesses.

The company in an announcement last week says it plans to offer subscriptions costing $740 for individual solar panels. Buyers would receive credit for their portion of the solar array's output on their monthly bill.

Bureau of Land Management

The Gateway West Power Line is one step closer to becoming a reality. Friday the Bureau of Land Management released a research document called a draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, for the last two segments of the transmission line.

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