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Energy Drain: Lawmakers Decamp From Boise With Little Action on Energy Issues

As mentioned above, the Idaho Legislature turned out the lights on its 2016 Session at the end of March, and as their custom, lawmakers spent more time debating…

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Busy Season Kicks Off With Electric Utilities at Public Utilities Commission

The pace at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission is quickly picking up this spring with the filing of various electric utility cases that may have impacts on your…

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In the Legislature | March 18, 2016: Solar Energy Tax Bill to Governor; Bills to Dump Last Year’s Hybrid Registration Penalty Face Uncertain Future

Each week through the end of the Legislature, we’ll post thumbnail summaries on the status of bills of interest. Text of bills can be found by going to…

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Coal Retirements Accelerate; New Renewables Development Outstrips All Else

These continue to be good times for a renewable energy sector on an unstoppable upward glide path – and the remarkable growth we’re seeing in the green energy…

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Senate Approves and Sends House Divisive Natural Gas Drilling Bill

Voting 31-4, the Senate on Thursday approved and sent to the House a controversial bill touted by pro-gas drilling supporters as “streamlining” the permit process for new oil…

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IN THE LEGISLATURE | February 26, 2016

In the Legislature: Energy Bills Bloom as Spring Draws Near We mention three energy-related legislative items above – one dealing with the chance that last year’s misguided $75…

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Intermountain Gas Customers Could See More Rate Relief

Reflecting a steady decrease in natural gas prices, lower transportation prices and warmer weather, Intermountain Gas Company filed with the Idaho PUC to reduce rates by an average…

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Avista Gas Customers Could Get a Break as Well

The PUC is taking comments through Oct. 9 on a request by Avista Corporation to decrease its natural gas rates by about $10.3 million, or an overall 14.5…

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PUC Sets Workshops and Hearings on Avista’s Requested Rate Hike

The Public Utilities Commission will hold two “informational workshops” in Moscow and Coeur d’Alene to provide customers with information about an application by Avista Utilities to increase its…

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E.P.A. Wrestles With Role of Nuclear Plants in Carbon Emission Rules

“The problem is a lot of the complaints that existing nuclear plants aren’t getting enough credit from E.P.A.’s proposal basically amount to a request to weaken the rule,”…

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