Thursday, May 17, 2012

Care-holders and Shareholders Petition Idaho Power Brass

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Outside Idaho Power's Boise headquarters, at 13th and Idaho streets, protesters turned out today to urge the utility company to move to more renewable resources, eliminate coal plants and invest in solar and wind power.

Representatives from the Snake River Alliance, Idaho Rivers United and others arranged themselves on the sidewalk. They organized a mock shareholders meeting, enlisting Steve Crowley dressed in a blazer, sporting a blue and orange tie to act as CEO.

Protesters like Sara Cramer, center, urged Idaho Power to ditch coal energy.
  • Jessica Murri
  • Protesters like Sara Cramer, center, urge Idaho Power to ditch coal energy today outside the utility's annual meeting.

In the protest turned street theater, Crowley allowed mock shareholders, dubbed "care-holders" by the organizers, to voice their grievances with the management of Idaho Power.

"You sound like one of those climate-change believers!" Crowley told one woman, who voiced concern about CO2 emission. "I’m agnostic on the subject, and generally like warm weather."

Left, Sara Cramer and Lisa Young embrace after emotional meeting with mock Idaho Power CEO Steve Crowley.
  • Jessica Murri
  • Sara Cramer, left, and Lisa Young embrace after an emotional meeting with mock Idaho Power CEO Steve Crowley during today's protest outside the Idaho Power annual meeting.

An hour prior to the street-side care-holders meeting, SRA's Ken Miller went inside the building to attend the shareholder session. He and seven other alternative energy-minded people each purchased one share of Idaho Power stock to gain admission.

"One share will get you in the door," said Miller. "They were trading around $40. Lots of people buy a share just to get a chance to ask the company questions. We asked what the company is doing to invest in alternative and renewable energy."

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