DR. JOHN RUSCHE OF LEWISTON NAMED TO IDAHO WATER RESOURCE BOARD

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Dr. John Rusche, a former minority leader in the Idaho House of Representatives, to fill the unexpired term of Charles “Chuck” Cuddy of Orofino on the Idaho Water Resource Board.

Senator Risch Highlights INL’s Cybersecurity Efforts During Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on cybersecurity, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) highlighted the Idaho National Lab's (INL) ongoing efforts to deter cyber threats against the United States. Risch also questioned Andrew Bochman, INL's Senior Cyber and Energy Security Strategist, about ways to better protect our grid and other critical control systems

SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO REGIONAL MANAGER NAMED TO LEAD DIVISION OF BUILDING SAFETY

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Chris Jensen, manager of the State Division of Building Safety’s Region 3, to succeed Kelly Pearce as the agency’s administrator

Idaho Power asks Idaho PUC for declaratory order regarding payments for proposed solar projects

Idaho Power Company is asking state regulators to weigh in on a dispute between the utility and the developer of four 20-MW solar projects proposed to be built in southern Twin Falls County near the Nevada border.

Parties to Idaho Power community solar case propose settlement to Public Utilities Commission

Parties to a case regarding Idaho Power Company’s application to build a 500-kilowatt community solar project are proposing a settlement to state regulators. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is taking comment on the proposal through October 18. The $1.16 million single-axis solar project, proposed for the southwest corner of Amity and Holcomb roads in southeast Boise, would allow up to 1,093 residential customers and 470 nonresidential customers to buy one or more subscriptions (one subscription is a 320-watt panel) for the 25-year life of the proposed project

Risch Joins Colleagues in Encouraging Administration to Abandon Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) recently joined 41 Senate Republicans in writing to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew encouraging the Treasury Department to abandon proposed regulations that would significantly increase the estate tax burden on family farms and businesses. The proposed regulations, if finalized, would contradict long-standing legal precedent and greatly discourage families from continuing to operate and grow their farms and businesses for eventual transfer to future generations.

Commission OKs Idaho Power efficiency programs, but asks company to review 4 percent rider

State regulators have approved the $35.2 million spent by Idaho Power Company on energy efficiency and demand-response programs during 2015 as prudently incurred. The purpose of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission’s annual review is to ensure the programs are cost-effective, meaning customers would be paying more for energy without the programs in place. The commission’s declaration that the $35.2 expended during 2015 was prudently incurred does not impact customer rates.

PUC taking comments through September 6 on Idaho Power community solar proposal

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will take comment through September 6 on an Idaho Power Company application to build a community solar array southeast of Boise. Idaho Power is proposing to build a 500-kilowatt community solar project, allowing up to 1,093 residential customers and 470 non-residential customers to buy one or more $740 subscriptions (one subscription would be the equivalent of a 320-watt panel) for the 25-year life of the proposed project

Simpson Celebrates STEP Challenge Success, Plans Boise Walk

After two and a half months on the road, Congressman Mike Simpson will celebrate the success of the Idaho STEP Challenge by holding a team walk in Boise this evening. In partnership with the Saint Alphonsus Health System, Simpson will participate alongside dozens of Meet Me Monday athletes for a walk around downtown Boise. Beginning at 5:15 p.m., the free event will start at Bandanna Running and Walking, located at the intersection of 5th and Main Street. The event is open to the public.

PUC adopts updated integration costs to solar developers

New solar developers will be paying significantly less to integrate their generation into Idaho Power Company’s transmission and distribution system under new integration rates approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission this week.

Idaho Falls REALTORS® and lenders recognized for helping homeowners

Ten REALTORS® and lenders in the Idaho Falls area are being recognized for their work connecting homebuyers with the affordable home loan programs offered through Idaho Housing and Finance Association. In the past year, REALTORS® and lenders in the area have teamed up with Idaho Housing to help nearly 1,100 homebuyers purchase their first homes, representing a $119 million investment in the community.

Estimate your property taxes at tax.idaho.gov

Residents in 23 Idaho counties can estimate their 2016 property taxes by visiting the Idaho State Tax Commission’s website at tax.idaho.gov. The “Quick Picks” section on the home page links to a calculator that allows taxpayers to estimate what they will owe.

Idaho Power’s annual adjustment mechanisms result in average 3.77 percent increase

Rates for Idaho Power Company customers will increase by about 3.77 percent June 1. Rates go up or down every June 1 as part of the company’s annual Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) and Fixed Cost Adjustment (FCA).

Labrador Backs Bipartisan Bill Protecting Property Rights

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, is cosponsoring a bipartisan measure reforming the federal civil asset forfeiture process. H.R. 5283 would boost transparency, accountability and oversight of seizures and forfeitures by law enforcement agencies.

Further suspension of Eagle Water request granted

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has suspended for a third time a request by Eagle Water Company to implement a surcharge on customers’ water use. On Nov. 10, 2015, Eagle Water, which serves about 3,500 customers in and around the City of Eagle, asked the commission to approve a surcharge that would add about $3.64 to the average residential user’s monthly bill.

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DR. JOHN RUSCHE OF LEWISTON NAMED TO IDAHO WATER RESOURCE BOARD

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Dr. John Rusche, a former minority leader in the Idaho House of Representatives, to fill the unexpired term of Charles “Chuck” Cuddy of Orofino on the Idaho Water Resource Board.