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Our Energy Future

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Our Energy Future

As the largest electric utility in southern Idaho, Idaho Power leads and works with others to provide creative solutions for a reliable, responsible energy future.

Demand Continues To Increase

The number of new customers coming into our service area has slowed, but customer electric use keeps growing. Customer demand on our system is forecast to increase by an average of 13 megawatts (MW) per year, and our peak system demand is expected to increase by 53 MW every year. That's enough electricity to power 31,800 average homes.

Electric Demand Load Forecast
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We’re working hard to preserve our current low-cost generation portfolio, especially our clean hydroelectric power plants.

We’re looking at innovative ways to put more water into the Snake River through water leasing and cloud seeding. We’re also seeking cost-effective ways to promote wise and efficient use of electricity by providing energy efficiency programs for all customers.

More importantly, we’re working with our communities and neighbors to develop solutions for a reliable, responsible energy future.

We plan for the future in a number of ways:

The IRP Process

Our Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is our 20-year road map to meet expected electricity requirements.

Our most recent IRP was developed in 2013 and projects the following in the next 20 years:

We are developing the 2015 IRP. During this process, the IRP Advisory Council meets regularly to create a workable plan for all stakeholders. Members include:

Regional Electric Plans

Our regional planning process is driven by people who live and work in our communities.

Working together, we determine suitable locations for transmission and distribution lines in our service area.

Find out what it's like to be part of the regional planning process from the viewpoint of Jim Johnston. Jim is a member of the Eastern Idaho Electrical Plan community advisory committee. Jim's Story.

Collaborative Planning Activities

These shared efforts lead to the strongest solutions.

We’re listening and we’re working with you to ensure a reliable, responsible energy future.

Learn more about how we can work together.


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Powering Tomorrow

Powering Tomorrow

With help from Idaho Power planning engineers, Jim Johnston and other community members are working on a long-term electrical plan to meet the growing demand and support economic prosperity in eastern Idaho.


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