As part of our efforts to maintain sound and enduring financial, environmental and social stewardship, we focus on specific areas.
- Balanced and Responsible Management: Demonstrate integrity and transparency in the principled and profitable management of our business.
- Operational Excellence: Incorporate ingenuity, innovation and efficiency in our daily operations, with exceptional results.
- Environmental Stewardship: Reduce our overall environmental footprint and continue our tradition of environmental stewardship.
- Engaged, Empowered Workforce: Provide a high-performance culture that respects and empowers employees, encourages engagement, values safety and promotes our company as an employer of choice.
- Strong Community Partnerships: Practice intentional and responsive community involvement, support and educational outreach.
Additional Sustainability Efforts
In Idaho, birds of prey (or raptors) are a common sight throughout the region and our company’s service area. Over 40 years ago, Idaho Power recognized these birds’ importance to our environment, and the importance of protecting them. Today, raptors are thriving. Our company’s vision, combined with one man’s lifelong dedication to raptor protection, has contributed much to their success. See our Protecting Raptors page to learn more.
Idaho Power takes actions to manage the risks of cyber threats and vulnerabilities to protect its network from cyber attacks, carefully steward data, and protect the reliability of the electric grid.
The CDP collects and manages the largest global collection of self-reported climate change, water and forest-risk data. Please refer to the CDP website to access our annual responses.
IDACORP and Idaho Power have no children in their respective work forces. Idaho Power restricts hiring anyone under the age of 18 for safety-sensitive or Commercial Driver’s License-required positions. In 2019, Idaho Power and IDACORP had no employees under the age of 18.
IDACORP has strong policies in place that promote a diverse workforce, a respectful workplace environment and protect against harassment. IDACORP expects contractors to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, those pertaining to environmental, safety, employment, human rights, and child labor laws.
In addition, the company has a policy that addresses and promotes affirmative action:
The company will continue to recruit, hire, train (including apprenticeship training), compensate, promote and make personnel decisions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status and any other status protected by applicable federal and state laws.
Idaho Power’s Investment Recovery department analyzes obsolete assets to reduce waste generation and waste disposal costs. Items not deemed reusable by the company are either re-purposed or
recycled for revenue, when possible.
|Material Type||Weight in Pounds|
|Used transformer and motor oil||692,855|
|Lead acid batteries||67,747*|
|Electronics (computers, copiers, etc.)||15,803|
|Non-regulated soil debris and non-friable asbestos||68,864|
*As of June 2019, we recycle batteries for revenue.
Used Transformer Recycling and Reuse
Transtest receives the used distribution transformers after they have been removed from service. Material handlers do a preliminary check to see if the units can be refurbished. The units that can be refurbished are saved, and the units that are not are drained of oil and sent to Investment Recovery for recycling. The oil from each transformer is checked to ensure it contains less than 1 parts per million (ppm) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). The used oil goes into the recovery tank and is treated with Ethanox and circulated through the Vacudyne system to remove any moisture. After treatment, it is tested for the dielectric properties to ensure it is within specification of 32 to 50 kilovolt-amperes (kVa). This process allows Idaho Power to reuse transformers and oil instead of disposing of the transformers and replacing with new. Ensuring maximum use of the product means less waste and a cost savings to Idaho Power customers.
The complexity of campaign finance laws and regulations was heightened by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which opened new pathways for
political activity for certain organizations. Under that decision, as an example, certain organizations (including corporations) now have the right to use their general treasury funds for campaign ads that directly support or oppose federal candidates, as long as those ads are not directly coordinated with a candidate’s campaign. However, it is the policy of IDACORP and Idaho Power that general treasury funds not be used to directly support or oppose federal candidates. IDACORP’s and Idaho Power’s other political expenditures are publicly disclosed in various state and federal filings.
Idaho Power works closely with state and federal agencies to ensure the water in the Snake River Basin used in our hydropower generation facilities and other operations, such as cooling water for thermal power plants and water for fish hatcheries, is managed responsibly. Additionally, the Idaho Water Resources Board (IWRB) developed a master State Water Plan that recognizes hydropower generation as a beneficial use and ensures minimum water flows are available to hydropower facilities.
Idaho Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) details our involvement in various initiatives, agreements and efforts to sustainably manage the surface and groundwater resources within the Snake River Basin. Here are some highlights:
- We were engaged in the creation of the Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA), which defined water rights in the Snake River Basin.
- We successfully negotiated the Swan Falls Agreement, which defined water rights and minimum flows at our Swan Falls Hydroelectric Project while ensuring additional water flows benefit the company and Idahoans.
- We operate a collaborative weather modification program for several basins that drain into the Snake River. Cloud-seeding efforts from this program have increased water supplies that support hydropower production and regional aquifers, as well as additional benefits to wildlife, agriculture and other water users. Watch a video about our cloud-seeding program.
- When modeling future water flows for our IRP, we include management activities, such as aquifer recharge, provided for in an agreement between the Surface Water Coalition and the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators.
- We actively participate in forums and regional studies on climate change and the long-term availability of water in our service area. We also participate in the IWRB’s Water Supply Bank and local water rental pools.
- Idaho Power is part of the Southern Idaho Water Quality Coalition, which strives to improve water quality in the Middle Snake River through collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders.
- We monitor our service area’s water stress status as part of our water-management efforts. Currently, our entire service area uses about 20% of the available water per year, and therefore is designated as a Low-Medium Water Stress Area by the World Resources Institute’s Water Risk Atlas. The percentage of water sourced from regions with High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress is 0%.