At Idaho Power, our commitment to serving customers and communities with reliable, affordable energy has been the hallmark of our 100-year history. As we continue the next century of service, we are building on that foundation with an exciting mission:
100% clean energy by 2045
Not only is this goal meaningful to us, it’s important to many of our customers, the communities we serve and the places we call home. Learn how we’re moving forward — today, tomorrow and together.
Almost half of Idaho Power’s energy comes from clean hydropower. The national average is just 7%. Our energy mix also includes wind, solar and geothermal sources.*
In 2010, we set an ambitious carbon reduction goal that we met and exceeded. See our progress as we’ve continued to challenge ourselves with additional carbon reduction goals.
Our energy efficiency programs set records in 2019, with customers saving over 203,000 MWh of electricity.
Energy Mix Comparison
LTPs (Long-Term Purchases) are electric power contracts with independent power producers and other entities and can typically be identified by resource type.
Market Purchased Power (Other Purchases) is electric power purchased from other utilities in the wholesale electric market. Because we participate in the wholesale energy market, we sell electricity to other utilities and retail customers. Not all electricity purchased or generated by Idaho Power is delivered to our retail customers.
*About the sale of renewable energy credits: Idaho Power sells the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) associated with our renewable energy purchases on LTPs and a small portion of our hydro generation to offset power supply costs and keep customer prices as low as possible. The buyer of the REC claims the renewable attributes of that energy; therefore, Idaho Power does not represent that this resource mix represents the energy delivered to our customers.
Our latest planning efforts call for our complete exit from coal-fired generation by 2030, with the next coal plant exit coming at the end of 2020.
The Boardman to Hemingway transmission line will serve as a clean-energy pipeline for the region. We’re making progress in planning and permitting.
We’re investing in solar power. Last year we reached a deal to buy 120 MW of power that should be online by 2022.
How will we achieve this goal?
We’re investing our time and our money today to ensure a realistic path forward for tomorrow. Idaho Power’s strong hydroelectric backbone — along with investments in transmission, solar, wind and other clean sources — means we’re well on our way. Achieving our goal will require new technological advances as well as a continued focus on energy efficiency and demand-response programs. While natural gas may be required for the near future, we’ll be looking for ways to reduce or offset this need. Keeping our system reliable and affordable will always remain top of mind.