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Lawmakers extend comment deadline on Idaho Energy Plan to Nov. 18

The Idaho Legislature's Interim Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology wrapped up two days of meetings today on updates to the 2007 Idaho Energy Plan today, and decided to extend the public comment period to Nov. 18. The joint committee will meet again Nov. 21-22 in Boise. It's wrestling with negative reactions from an array of parties to changes in the plan proposed by the board of the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, from reducing energy efficiency and conservation from the "highest priority" to just "a priority," to taking out support for local-option taxes for transit. Numerous task forces of the alliance board developed a draft that had more widespread support before their board made the final changes.

Comments can be sent by email to, or mailed to the Energy, Environment & Technology Interim Committee, Legislative Services Office, Statehouse, Boise, 83720-0054. There's more info here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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