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BOISE – The Idaho Conservation League supports the Idaho Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) decision to hold a public workshop to discuss Avista’s long-term plans for electricity generation.

ICL encourages Avista’s North Idaho customers to participate in this event as it’s an opportunity to ask questions about the utility’s plans to transition to clean energy. PUC staff will facilitate the July 9 virtual workshop (details below). 

Ben Otto, ICL’s energy associate, said, “The best path to keeping our energy costs affordable and our energy system reliable is for Idaho’s electric utilities to divest from coal-fired power plants and transition to clean energy sources like wind and solar. Avista and Idaho’s other electricity utilities have generally come to the same conclusion and we hope they work toward a speedier transition to a clean energy future that benefits all Idahoans.”

The PUC’s virtual workshop on Avista is scheduled for Thursday, July 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. PT. Online access at idahogov.webex.com by entering the number 133 529 9901. At the next window, enter your name, email address, and password July9Meeting. Or, listen in by phone at 415-655-0001 and access code 133 529 9901.

Over the next few months, all three of Idaho’s electric utilities (Avista, Idaho Power, PacifiCorp) will come before the PUC to unveil their new long term plans. These Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs), as they’re called, examine the costs, reliability, and risks of the utility company’s energy sources and new resources over a 20-year period. 

Public comments to the PUC on Avista’s plan are due by Aug. 19, 2020. To learn more and submit a personal comment visit: https://p2a.co/Xj9wg4U

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ICL protects Idaho’s air quality and climate stability by working to eliminate Idaho’s reliance on fossil fuels for electricity. ICL engages with Idaho utilities, regulators, and customers to create policies that encourage developing Idaho’s own clean energy sources. Unlike out-of-state fossil fuels, solar, wind and geothermal power is produced right here in Idaho and puts electricians, home builders and other local companies to work.