Our Energy FutureResponsible Energy Use
We envision a future where emerging technologies and new infrastructure—including Smart Grid, Boardman to Hemingway, Gateway West, and Langley Gulch—help power our conversations and relationships with customers. The result we’re working toward is comfort and security for generations to come.
Wise use of energy is our first resource to defer the need to build new, more expensive generation and transmission facilities, or purchase higher-cost power from other sources.
Wise use means cost savings for our customers, because when Idaho Power spends less, you save more. Conscientious energy use also reduces our impact on the environment now and for future generations.
One way we can all make a difference is by participating in our energy efficiency programs.
These programs give customers options and control in the timing or reduction of their energy use, which lowers bills while enabling Idaho Power to better manage demand for electricity, especially when usage peaks in the summer.
Learn how Melba, Idaho, dairyman Bert De Winkle got help from Idaho Power to upgrade his irrigation system and make it more energy efficient. He's now reaping the benefits of a better harvest and lower energy bills. Bert's Story.
Since we are part owners of three coal-fired generating plants, the possibility of carbon reduction legislation affects our operations and our customers. We are committed to doing the right thing for our stakeholders and the environment.
Our Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) evaluates steps to reduce carbon emissions and our reliance on coal-fired generation. This requires a shift to cleaner forms of generation such as natural gas, geothermal, solar and wind power as coal resources are phased out.
Idaho Power is in the midst of implementing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), which ultimately will be part of the Smart Grid.
The Smart Grid is a broad range of technologies that will spur the nation’s transition to a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system.
The Smart Grid will rely on smart meter technology. Customers with smart meters have access to detailed reports about their usage, and eventually can become more energy aware and adjust their usage. Register as an Account Manager to view your smart meter data.
What We’re Doing
At Idaho Power we’re pursuing environmentally responsible actions and opportunities to step forward as a steward of all the resources we manage.
In 2009, we completed our first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility located in Lake Fork, near McCall, Idaho. The building earned gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Retrofitting our other buildings with energy efficient lighting and heating equipment
- Installing low-flow toilets and automatic faucets to save water and energy
- Using organic landscaping and green cleaning supplies
- Recycling everything from paper to excess wire conductor.
We Want To Hear From You
E-mail us at: OurEnergyFuture@idahopower.com.