Yearly Archives: 2015

PUC approves swap of transmission assets between Idaho Power, PacifiCorp

In its order approving the transaction, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission said the swap, which will replace outdated sharing agreements between the utilities, will better serve the utilities and their transmission and retail customers

Simpson’s Idaho Truck Weight Language Advances

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported final passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed the House 216 -210 late last night.  The bill includes Simpson’s language increasing truck weights on Idaho Interstate Highways to 129,000 pounds.

Crapo, McCaskill Introduce Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief to Farmers, Water Users

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) today led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation that would eliminate a costly and redundant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation affecting pesticide users. The Sensible Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) seeks to clarify congressional intent concerning federal regulation of pesticides and codify longstanding interpretation of regulatory statutes after a 2009 court ruling imposed an additional layer of needless red tape on food producers


Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter came away from a meeting with members of competing water user organizations encouraged and pleased by the progress of their negotiations to resolve a dispute over water drawn from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer

Result of two annual rate adjustments is net decrease for Idaho Power customers

Rates for residential customers of Idaho Power Company decrease slightly on June 1 due to annual updates of two rate adjustments approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

Idaho Power, Simplot contract is approved

Until recently, the Caldwell plant was under a tariff rate (rather than a special contract) for Large Power Service customers. But Simplot’s new Caldwell plant, which replaces Simplot facilities in Aberdeen, Nampa and Caldwell, is anticipated to exceed the maximum amount of demand – 20,000 kilowatts – that qualifies for the Large Power Service rate. Customers with demand larger than 20,000 kW must negotiate a special contract with the utility

Idaho Power seeks prudency declaration on $33.5 million investment in energy efficiency

Idaho Power Company is asking state regulators to determine that $33.5 million of company investment in energy efficiency and demand-response programs during 2014 was prudently incurred. The application does not impact rates. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is taking public comment on Idaho Power’s application through June 24.

Heller, Heinrich, Risch, and Tester Join Forces to Streamline Permitting for Renewable Energy Projects

U.S. Senators Dean Heller, Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act. The bipartisan legislation simplifies the permitting process for solar, geothermal and wind projects on public lands. Following introduction, the senators offered these statements

Commission OKs Idaho Power proposal to operate its own demand response program

Idaho Power maintains it can operate a program at less cost and with better or equal results than has the third-party vendor that has been operating the program since 2009. The “Flex Peak” program, previously operated by EnerNoc Inc., provided financial incentive to large commercial and industrial customers to curtail their energy use during peak-use hours of the summer months.


A measure forcing the Obama Administration to withdraw its “waters of the United States” rule cleared the House Tuesday on a bipartisan 261-155 vote.

Simpson Supports Legislation to Limit EPA’s Reach on Water

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported passage of legislation to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempts to take control of state waters last night. H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, would require the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the controversial proposed rule expanding the definition of “waters of the United States” and develop a new rule after consultation with state and local governments and interested parties

Jeff Nesset Joins IHFA Board of Commissioners

Nesset has extensive experience in the areas of finance, economic development and legislative issues. He is senior vice president, financial advisor, and branch manager for D.A. Davidson in Lewiston, Idaho. Nesset has been with D.A. Davidson Companies since 1981 and held the title branch manager since 1986

House Passes Simpson’s Energy and Water Bill

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which reverses proposed cuts to Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and cleanup activities in Idaho. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department of Energy programs.

Chairman Mike Simpson Protects States’ Water Rights

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, has led a successful effort to defeat an amendment that would have stripped a section of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill prohibiting any changes to federal jurisdiction under the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States" proposal

Simpson Secures Idaho Truck Weight Language

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has once again secured language in the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill to allow trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on Idaho Interstates.


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