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The Alliance’s Stop the Shipments campaign helped build a bedrock of support for Idaho’s ban on commercial spent fuel shipments coming to Idaho

By Beatrice Brailsford

As many of you know, Idaho’s Governor and Attorney General are exploring a deal with the Department of Energy to allow two shipments of research quantities of commercial spent nuclear fuel to come to Idaho. Doing so would compromise one of the most important and broadly popular provisions of the 1995 Settlement Agreement: Idaho’s strong shield against becoming a nuclear waste dump. Part of this deal, the Governor and Attorney General said, was to somehow use their willingness to accept additional nuclear waste as an inducement for the DOE to meet long overdue cleanup deadlines. It seemed to be some sort of carrot-and-stick maneuver, though it’s not clear how the deal would give Idaho a stronger stick than it already has. Read More

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The April 11 Eilen Jewell concert in Garden City will benefit the Snake River Alliance | Photo Credit: Erik Jacobs

By Kelsey Nunez

We have several exciting events on the horizon and hope you and your friends and family can attend some or all of them.

Saturday, April 11: Eilen Jewell Concert hosted by We’ve Got You Covered at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City

We’ve Got You Covered is a music series performed and recorded at the Visual Arts Collective six times a year. There is a Featured Artist for each show. The Featured Artist picks other musicians to cover one of their songs. The proceeds from the door go to a Charity of the Featured Artist’s choice. Eilen Jewell is the Featured Artist for April and she selected the Snake River Alliance as her beneficiary! Thanks Eilen, We’ve Got You Covered, and the VAC! More details on our Facebook!

Saturday, April 18: The Idaho Green Fest in Boise and the Portneuf Environmental Fair in Pocatello

We’re participating in these fun community celebrations of Earth Day. Please come say “Hi!” that day, and if you have time to volunteer and help us staff the booths, let us know! This is a great opportunity to learn, share, and have fun. Read More

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Solar panels at Solar Topaz 5 in California

By Ken Miller

Just when it looked like the battle over whether utilities should buy electricity from solar farms couldn’t get more crowded, Idaho’s two other big utilities jumped into the sandbox with Idaho Power to try to stifle such projects.

Avista Corp., which serves parts of northern Idaho, and Rocky Mountain Power, which serves portions of southeast Idaho, united with the state’s largest electric utility in a case that threatens to bring utility-sized solar projects to a standstill. Read More

Idaho’s two other regulated electric utilities have joined Idaho Power in what solar power developers claim is nothing short of an attempt to stop utility-scale solar power projects. In a case that may rival a controversial 2013 docket in which Idaho Power lost a bid to clamp down on residential and commercial rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, the three electric utilities are asking the PUC to change existing regulations requiring utilities to purchase power from small wind and solar energy developers. Avista Corp., which serves customers in northern Idaho, and Rocky Mountain Power, which serves customers in parts of southeast Idaho, joined Idaho Power in asking the PUC to dramatically limit the kinds of solar projects with which they must purchase clean energy. Read More

Kristine Raper

Kristine (Sasser) Raper, a veteran attorney at the Public Utilities Commission, has assumed her role as the third member of the PUC, replacing Marsha Smith, who retired after four terms as commissioner and 35 years in state government.

According to a PUC news release, Raper, 43, served seven years as a state deputy attorney general assigned as legal counsel to the PUC. Before that, she served eight years as a law clerk to Commissioner R.D. Maynard of the Idaho Industrial Commission. Raper joins fellow commissioners Paul Kjellander and Mack Redford.

Commissioners serve six-year terms and are appointed by the governor.