Idaho Power is missing the greatest economic opportunity for our state by limiting the integration of wind and solar and other renewables into its grid. Why import coal-powered electricity from Wyoming when we can create homegrown energy here in Idaho? Wind and solar are being integrated at record rates in other states, creating jobs, providing income to farmers and other rural residents. Look at Texas! Wind is generating up to 25% (actually 26% December 2011) of that state's power needs. The Energy Information Administration says America can integrate a minimum of 20% wind to meet our electricity needs. Texas is ready to supply a big piece of that. Yet Idaho has abundant wind, solar, and biomass (including biodigesters / methane power production from the awful dairies), however this utility seems to have old information, and at the cost to Idaho's citizens, to Idaho's rate payers. Snake River Alliance is not saying wind and solar "at any cost", they are merely asking for fair consideration of integrating Idaho's clean, abundant resources into our state's energy mix. Idaho can lead, why are we lagging so far behind states like Iowa, Colorado, and Texas? Idaho Power.
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