Friday, June 8, in Twin Falls, the Alliance hosted a rally against the proposed shipment of nuclear waste to Idaho from Hanford Washington. Watch here
Help us stop this potentially dangerous action. Sign the petition or volunteer to get involved at Dont Waste Idaho
While the Alliance and many solar advocates voiced disappointment with yesterday’s ruling allowing Idaho Power to create a new customer class, there is still strong consumer interest in affordable solar in Idaho.
“The Idaho Public Utilities Commission clearly didn’t listen to the hundreds of people who testified in support of solar. Idaho Power will now be allowed to set up a new rate class without telling those in it what their future rates will be. Luckily, they didn’t get permission to actually raise rates on solar users at this time and will have to come back to the IPUC down the road,” said Wendy Wilson, executive director of the Snake River Alliance.
“The ruling didn’t go our way, but it requires a lot of additional studies — all we know is eventually rates will change for solar customers — they could go up or down. In the meantime, people are rushing to install solar this year because the cost of panels is still low and the 30% federal tax credit is still in place.”
The Snake River Alliance’s successful Solarize the Valley project is open for new participants for a limited time. July 31st is the new sign up deadline. “I’m glad to hear that Solarize the Valley is reopening,” said Trisha Kennedy, of Boise, who installed solar panels last year. “The Alliance makes it easy for the average homeowner to go solar.”
Leigh Ford, Solarize the Valley coordinator for the Snake River Alliance, explained “We have great prices for top quality panels installed by a great local company but you have to sign up now. We’ve been able to keep the same low prices as last year. People can come to an open house to see how it works.”
Homeowners in Ada, Canyon and surrounding counties can sign up here.
Now in its third year, Solarize the Valley helps you find out if rooftop solar is right for you. Over the last two years, 109 families have installed solar panels with us. Solar panel owners generate a portion of their own energy and access the grid through Idaho Power’s net metering program.
The rupture of one barrel of nuclear waste (and three more that merely popped their tops) on April at the Idaho National Laboratory highlights why Snake River Alliance is investing in a new public education campaign, Don’t Waste Idaho, to stop more shipments of out-of-state nuclear waste to the Gem State.
Our goal is to stop the federal government from bringing in more out-of-state nuclear waste than could reasonably be treated and exported under the requirements of the 1995 Nuclear Settlement Agreement. The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing changes that would weaken the agreement —if the Idaho Governor and Attorney General agree to the new terms.
About Don’t Waste Idaho, former Governor Phil Batt said, “I’m grateful they are trying to get the agreement carried out. I want to stop any weakening of the agreement that I negotiated and signed with the federal government in 1995”.
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on Idaho nuclear site incident (all times local): 2:15 p.m. April 12
Federal officials say the first known rupture of a barrel containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site might not be the last. That’s because secretive record keeping during the Cold War makes it hard for officials to now know the exact contents of similar barrels.The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.Officials say crews responded to a containment structure at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.
Officials say no one was injured and there’s no threat to the public. Experts say more barrels might contain a rupture-inducing mix of radioactive and other materials.The barrels are from nuclear weapons production at the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver, Colorado.