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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 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 Power seeks commission order declaring 10 Wood River area solar projects are one...

Site Based Energy claims that ten, 100-kilowatt projects are separate projects with different owners. The projects are seeking power purchase agreements with Idaho Power under the provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act or PURPA. The federal act requires utilities to buy output from qualified renewable projects at an “avoided-cost rate,” or the rate the utility avoids by not having to generate the power itself or buy it from another source

Boundary County conservation easement protects working forest and wildlife habitat

Seven hundred forty-eight acres of forestland in Boundary County will be conserved as working forest and wildlife habitat in perpetuity after the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service, purchased a conservation easement from the Hubbard family in February

Homeowners Choose Synthetic Grass As Best Drought Tolerant Landscaping Says San Diego Expert

SAN DIEGO, CA - May 7, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- As the perennial discussion about Southern California's water shortage continues, homeowners in San Diego and surrounding areas are choosing synthetic grass (http://www.sandiegolawns.com) as the most popular form of drought-tolerant landscaping according to San Diego artificial turf expert Scot Wozniak, President of San Diego Lawns, Inc

Solar Panel Installer to Recruit Workers in Mountain Home

December 30, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A national solar installation company wants about 90 laborers and equipment drivers for jobs lasting four months beginning Jan. 10. The project is a 30-megawatt fixed-tilt, ground-mount system in the Grand View area.

PUC approves part of efficiency services rate request

July 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- State regulators have allowed Rocky Mountain Power to increase its “Customer Efficiency Services Rate,” from 3.72 percent of customer bills to 4.72 percent effective July 1

CRAPO TO DISCUSS RENEWABLE ENERGY EFFORTS, CELEBRATE OPENING OF ENERGY RESEARCH FACILITY

Washington, DC - February 19, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Co-Chair of the Senate Renewables and Energy Efficiency Caucus, will meet with Idaho energy experts, local mayors and others on Thursday to discuss renewable energy initiatives before the Congress, funding and the potential impacts for Idaho

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Boise natives say 12,000-square-foot home will be a haven for family

As a child, Darren Blaser rode four-wheelers, motorcycles and bicycles on the Foothills now covered by Quail Ridge subdivision.Kim Blaser, his wife, grew up...

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Risch, King Bill to Protect Energy Infrastructure Secures Western Governors’ Association...

U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today announced that the Western Governors’ Association, a bipartisan group of 19 governors from Western states and 3 governors from Western U.S. territories, has endorsed the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by the Senators earlier this year, seeks to protect America’s electric grid from cyber-attacks. The WGA expressed their support in a letter earlier this month to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on Energy.