Replace Idaho Coal with Alternative Energy

Target: J. Lamont Keen, CEO of Idaho Power; C.L. Otter, Governor of Idaho

Goal: Invest taxpayer dollars in alternative energy rather than coal

Idaho Power wants $500 million in taxpayer money to upgrade two coal plants in Wyoming and Nevada. This will encourage the use of coal for power in Idaho for several decades. Many taxpayers would rather spend their money on alternative energy versus out-of-state coal.

As Idaho Power develops its 20-year plan, environmental advocates are pushing for an investment in ecologically-sound energy. So far, Idaho Power has not produced any research into altnerative fuels or their costs. Consumers must demand the company look into alternative fuels and their comparative costs when making this important decision.

Idaho’s Department of Commerce claims that “Idaho is serious about renewable energy.” In truth, Idaho has shown leadership in other ways, such as air quality and wastewater control. However, to be a true leader, the state must adopt alternative energy sources to replace toxic coal plants.

Idaho residents are behind alternative energy. They receive a tax deduction for using solar, wind, and biomass energy sources in their homes. Furthermore, solar, wind, and hydroelectric companies have opened shop in Idaho, and they would be more than willing to give dirty coal a run for its money, if Idaho Power and the Governor’s office showed any interest. Ask leaders in Idaho to invest taxpayer dollars into alternative energy rather than dirty coal.


Dear Mr. Keen and Mr. Otter,

As Idaho Power formulates its 20-year energy plan for the state of Idaho, residents are hoping the company and the state government invest taxpayer dollars into alternative energy sources, like wind and solar power, rather than coal. The current plan to spend $500 million in tax revenue to update two dirty, out-of-state coal plants is both inefficient and unpopular. Few taxpayers want to see their dollars given to out-of-state plants, and few want to be left behind as the rest of the country invests in cleaner alternative fuel.

Idaho has shown leadership in environmentalism with regard to air and water quality. Please continue that trend by including research of alternative power sources in a new statewide energy plan. Invest taxpayer dollars in local, sustainable energy rather than dirty, out-of-state coal.


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