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Idaho utility sues EPA over Hells Canyon dams requirement

An Idaho utility has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contending the agency failed to act on a request by the state of Idaho to modify water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border.

Company, Idaho regulators at odds over battery storage plan

An Idaho-based energy development company is asking federal authorities to declare state regulators in violation of a law intended to promote alternative energy in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for emerging battery-storage technologies.

Idaho Commerce Department Director Ronk to join Idaho Power

Idaho Department of Commerce Director Megan Ronk is stepping down to take a job with Idaho Power after nearly two years of leading the commerce department. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday that the department's chief operating officer, Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, will take the director's role when Ronk leaves...

Idaho businesses, industry, agencies, groups come together at ‘Climate Summit’

Idaho’s economy already is being seriously impacted by climate change, participants in a statewide, two-day “climate summit” said this morning, from increased agricultural pests and disease, to longer, smokier wildfire seasons, to spreading invasive species. And regardless of the causes, presenters said, it’s time for...

Idaho PUC delays decision on solar net-metering change ‘til spring

State utility regulators are delaying Idaho Power's quest to lump people who install rooftop solar panels into a new class of energy providers. Idaho Power in July asked the commission for permission to create a new class of customer starting Jan. 1. Doing so would allow the company to discuss possible rate hikes for that new class...

Utility seeks $220 million from Idaho, Oregon ratepayers

Officials are considering a utility company's request to pass on to ratepayers $220 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has set an Oct. 11 settlement conference for Boise-based Idaho Power's request concerning its stalled relicensing application...

Power company maps energy plan for Idaho and Oregon

Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won't be able to produce electricity at competitive prices as part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon that has drawn concerns about cost, pollution and energy needs. Boise-based memory chipmaker Micron Technology, one of the state's largest employers, is among...

Power company maps energy plan for Idaho and Oregon

Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won’t be able to produce electricity at competitive prices as part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon that has drawn concerns about cost, pollution and energy needs.

Idaho officials approve utility’s plan to close coal plant

State officials have approved an Idaho utility company's plan to close a coal-fired power plant in Nevada about 10 years ahead of schedule and raise monthly bills for customers to cover depreciation costs. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission announced Monday a settlement with Idaho Power to close the North Valmy Generating Station near Valmy...

Idaho Power wants to speed closure of Nevada coal plant

Idaho Power has announced its intention to close a Nevada coal plant it co-owns with NV Energy 10 years sooner than planned, a move that would shutter both units at Nevada’s last utility-owned, coal-burning power plant by 2025.

Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried

Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and experts meeting Wednesday in Boise as part of the Idaho Department of Water Resources’ Water Supply Committee say there will be enough water this year to meet the needs of cities, farmers and hydropower producers.

Idaho utility seeks to negate Oregon fish passage law

Federal authorities should negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon, a utility company says. Boise-based Idaho Power in a is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt the three-dam Hells Canyon...

Idaho utility seeks to negate Oregon fish passage law

Federal authorities should negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon, a utility company says.

Idaho Power eyes state’s first utility-owned solar plant

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.