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A Momentous Global Climate Pact, and Idaho Focuses on Meeting Emission Reduction Targets

As world leaders and climate activists bask in the afterglow of the historic international climate accord agreed to by 195 nations in Paris last weekend, the reaction in…

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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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Idaho Power Submits 20-Year Plan to PUC

After nearly a year in the works, Idaho’s largest electric utility has filed its “integrated resource plan” to the state Public Utilities Commission, forecasting how it thinks it…

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After 2 Years, Avista Files Rate Case & Seeks Efficiency Mechanism Like Idaho Power’s

Spokane-based Avista Utilities, which serves more than 127,000 Idaho electric customers and also natural gas customers in northern Idaho, has filed its general rate case with the Idaho…

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PUC Sets Customer Hearings in Multiple-Utility Solar PURPA Controversy

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a pair of customer hearings as it delves into bids by all three of Idaho’s regulated electric utilities to clamp down on…

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Kristine Raper is PUC’s New Commissioner

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…

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Storm Clouds Over Solar? We’re Working to Help Make Sure Idaho’s Young Solar Industry Will Survive

By Ken Miller We’re asked a lot these days if we think the state’s largest electric utility has it out for solar power. That’s an unsettled question. We…

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Idaho’s Solar Power “PURPA” Battles Heating Up at PUC

As expected, the contest over the future of utility-scale solar power to deliver clean, affordable, and abundant energy to Idaho Power’s customers began in earnest on Jan. 30,…

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Idaho PUC Approves Two Big Solar Contracts

The PUC approved energy sales agreements between Idaho Power and two solar farm developers, clearing the way for an eye-popping 120 megawatts to be installed in projects near…

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PUC Approves gas rate decrease for Avista customers

The PUC has signed off on a 2.1 percent natural gas rate decrease for Avista Utility’s gas customers. For the average-sized residential or small-commercial customer, that will mean…

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