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A panel of Idaho lawmakers approved big changes to the state's 2007 Idaho Energy Plan in a series of close votes last week, but critics say nearly all of them will weaken the plan by loosening its requirements. Gone from the plan: Support for local-option taxes for transit; encouraging regional land-use planning designed to reduce trips; support for higher fuel efficiency in vehicles; and support for tax incentives for energy efficient technologies. Rejected: Calls to establish a consumer utility advocate's office in Idaho and to offer new help to low-income ratepayers.
“It seemed like the utilities were definitely writing the agenda,” said Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, who serves on the joint legislative panel. Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, the panel's co-chairman, said, “It was a pretty intense exercise, but I think it was worthwhile, it was beneficial.” You can read my full story here at spokesman.com; the plan revisions, once finalized, go to the full Legislature for approval in January.
As Idaho lawmakers work on the first major update to their groundbreaking 2007 state energy plan, draft recommendations would have them back off from pushing incentives for renewable energy development and drop energy efficiency and conservation from the “highest priority” to just a priority. Others are pushing lawmakers to increase the push for solar energy development and power from woody biomass in Idaho, to find new ways to help low-income people afford power, and to end Idaho's distinction as the only western state without a consumer advocate in its utility rate-setting process at the state Public Utilities Commission. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com; a joint legislative committee will hold public hearings this Wednesday and Thursday and is accepting public comments on the plan revisions through Friday.
Idaho lawmakers are inviting public comments on proposed updates to the 2007 Idaho Energy Plan, which is undergoing a five-year review; a public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 in the Capitol Auditorium. In addition, the co-chairs of the Energy, Environment and Technology Interim Committee, Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, and Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, are accepting public comments through 5 p.m. on Friday Nov. 4. The Strategic Energy Alliance has submitted recommended updates to the energy plan; its recommendations, plus various comments on them, can be viewed on the committee's website here (scroll down to the bottom of the page). To submit comments by email, send them to Mike Nugent at firstname.lastname@example.org.