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March 1, 2013

Idaho Power Awards Grants to 33 Nonprofits

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Power announced it will award “Powering Tomorrow Grants” to 33 schools and nonprofit organizations located throughout its Idaho and Oregon service area. Now in its third year, the campaign recognizes organizations working toward unique, innovative educational programs with grants worth up to $1,500.

“We’re thrilled to provide these grants at a time when so many organizations are facing budget shortfalls,” said Brand Manager Krista West, who helped conceive and lead the campaign. “Idaho Power has always been a champion of education, and this campaign is one of the highlights of our efforts.”

The organizations stretch from Vale, Ore., east to Blackfoot, north to Salmon, and all corners of Idaho Power’s service area. The grants will help support programs in the following areas: arts; community; environment; health and human services; life skills; literacy; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“We know that our company is only as strong as the communities we serve,” said Idaho Power President Darrel Anderson. “This is just another way Idaho Power is helping build strong communities and giving back to our customers.”

Supported by television ads featuring the Boise Bicycle Project and World Center for Birds of Prey, the 2012-13 Powering Lives campaign set records for both participation and awards. In all, more than 160 organizations submitted entries, with 33 receiving grants. The previous campaign generated 81 entries and awarded 21 grants.

“We’ve contributed to the success of dozens of organizations over the past three years,” said West. “We’re already planning our next campaign to build on that success.” 
 
Idaho Power does not seek rate recovery of Powering Tomorrow Grants.  A complete list of winners is available online at www.idahopower.com/poweringlives, or www.facebook.com/idahopower.

About Idaho Power Company:

Idaho Power began operations in 1916. Today, the electric utility employs approximately 2,000 people who serve nearly 500,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: IDA) is the investor-owned utility’s parent company based in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit www.idahopower.com or www.idacorpinc.com.

Contact:
Bridgett Hanna
Communications and Marketing ManagerIdaho Power
(208) 388-2903 or bhanna@idahopower.com
1-800-458-1443 media line
 

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