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Every other year, each of our utilities must file an “integrated resource plan” to show how they plan to meet future energy needs for the next 10 or 20 years. That’s no easy task, and we think Idaho Power did a pretty good job of showing how it will do it: NO NEW FOSSIL fuel generation for almost an entire human generation, and most important, plans to begin RETIRING COAL PLANTS THAT ARE PROVIDING 40% OF OUR ELECTRICITY.

You now have a big chance to submit comments on the Integrated Resource Plan and show your support for clean energy and closing coal plants. Follow this link and enter Case No. IPC-E-15-19 in the comment form.
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Admit it. As a clean energy advocate, there have been times when you eyed an electric vehicle attached to one of the growing number of charging stations sprouting up around Idaho, like the one in the primo parking space near where you just parked your car, and wondered to yourself: Maybe that’s not so crazy after all.

It’s hard to tell exactly when electric vehicles made the transition from science experiment to mainstream transportation, but that transition is pretty much complete. Electric vehicles are not only here to stay; they are our oil-free transportation future.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are clearly catching our utilities by surprise with their surging popularity. Idaho Power estimated in October during its resource planning process that there might be 200 EVs in its service area in 2017, but that projection will prove to be way off the mark. The reality is that, even in Idaho, the “electrification” of our vehicle fleet is growing big time. A big reason for this trend is that would-be electric vehicle buyers are quickly learning there’s not as much to be afraid of with EVs than some of us thought. In fact, these vehicles, which go by such names as the Nissan Leaf, Tesla, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric and many others, are enjoying rising demand and acceptance as a car of choice for many Idahoans. Read More

ISEA Board of Directors

Idaho’s state energy office has posted an item on its web site that shows it held yet another non-publicized meeting of its Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance to discuss important state energy issues, but the notice wasn’t made public until four months after the meeting, so for the second time in four months the public was left in the dark.

The state Office of Energy Resources (OER) is involved in planning Idaho’s response to the recently released federal Clean Power Plan requiring reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants, as well as preliminary discussions on the expected update to the 2012 Idaho Energy Plan. After not meeting since June 2014, OER’s Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance (ISEA) also met on Aug. 17 in Idaho Falls. The public was not notified of either meeting, and in fact OER didn’t post the agendas for the two meetings until less than two weeks ago, long after the meetings were held. Read More

Idaho's Climate Action Community

Connecting our members and the greater community is integral to the work of the Alliance. We have a few big events in the next couple of months where you can join fellow supporters of a nuclear free, clean energy future!

September 22, 12-1 pm: Peace Walk to Protect Idaho from Nuclear Waste & Delivery of Petition Signatures

The Idaho Peace Coalition takes actions that offer everyone the opportunity to practice nonviolence together and create a culture of peace. As part of their collaborative work, they have invited the Snake River Alliance to co-host a Walk to Protect Idaho From Nuclear Waste on Tuesday, September 22, from 12 to 1pm. We will meet at the Post Office on 8th and Bannock in downtown Boise at 12, talk a walk to the Anne Frank Memorial, and end up at the Capitol where we will deliver the petition signatures showing our opposition to imports of commercial spent nuclear fuel. If you haven’t signed the online petition, you can do so here.

October 22, 9am–4pm: Tour of the Idaho National Laboratory

Alliance Site tours are excellent opportunities to get a real sense of what has happened and is happening at the Idaho National Lab. Everyone can join us! This year we’re again welcoming visual artists on the tour who can go home and communicate to others what they see and learn. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ll see first-hand.

  • Two hulking nuclear-powered airplane engines. For obvious reasons, they never operated in the sky, but unshielded, ground-level experiments between 1955 and 1961 left a fair amount of contamination here in Idaho.
  • Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project. The work at AMWTP is to sort, compact, and package low-level and plutonium-contaminated waste to ship off-site. Two accidents last year have closed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant indefinitely, so plutonium-contaminated waste is treated and then put back in storage.
  • Radioactive Waste Management Complex, where plutonium from weapons production was buried above the Snake River Aquifer and is now being exhumed.
  • Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, where there is some of the most radioactive waste on earth. Spent nuclear fuel is stored underwater and in dry casks there. High-level waste was produced when spent fuel was dissolved in acid so highly enriched uranium could be removed. It’s stored there in a dried form in giant bins. We’ll see the facility that, it is hoped, will finish drying the rest of the liquid high-level waste that’s now in buried tanks.

The tour will run from 9 am to about 4 pm. It will be a long, challenging day, filled with juxtapositions. You will be close to but protected from very dangerous material. The Arco Desert, at the base of the Lemhi and Lost River ranges, is one of the most beautiful parts of our state. Humans have lived there for well over 10,000 years. Beneath it, sixty years of nuclear contamination threatens the sole source of drinking water for 300,000 Idahoans downstream. Hazards have been created and accumulated and are now being cleaned up. Come see it for yourself.

If you have questions or already know you would like to go on the tour, please contact our nuclear program director, Beatrice Brailsford, at

October 23-24: Idaho’s Climate Action Community Presents Celebrations, Workshops & the Rally for Climate Action!

We are so excited to be a part of this collaboration between numerous groups working for climate action! On Friday October 23 from 6-9pm, we’ll have music, food trucks, booths and presentations at Fort Boise. On Saturday October 24, we’ll be back at Fort Boise for a 1030am “Move Awake” dance and yoga workshop followed by a pre-rally celebration and sign-making party from 12-2. The Rally for Climate Action starts at 2pm at the Capitol! Then we’ll head back to Fort Boise for a post-rally party and discussion of next steps from 3-6 pm. More information coming soon, so please save the date and tell ALL of your friends! Click here if you would like to make a donation to support this awesome collaborative event!

On Aug. 17, the state’s energy office, several state officials and several of its regulated utilities began discussing, among other things, how Idaho will comply with the sweeping EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants. But someone dropped the ball and forgot to notify the public.

The Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance (ISEA), housed in the state’s Office of Energy Resources, was created by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in 2007 as “Idaho’s primary mechanism to engage in seeking options for and enabling advanced energy production, energy efficiency, and energy business in the State of Idaho.” It is charged with providing policy direction and planning aimed at increasing the state of Idaho’s production of renewable and sustainable energy, and identifying “new and innovative means to increase production of energy in Idaho.” There is no environmental or other public interest group representation on the ISEA Board. Read More