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||259,190|
|Lead acid batteries||78,907*|
|Electronics (computers, copiers, etc.)||8,168|
|Non-regulated soil debris and non-friable asbestos||72,620|
*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.
Safety is a core value at Idaho Power. The company’s goal is to maintain an injury-free work environment and to protect the safety of its employees, customers and the public. Safety is each employee’s responsibility and is always more important than the work being performed.
All employees are required to comply with the company’s safety policy and standards. Specifically, employees are expected to adhere to the following:
- Comply with applicable safety rules, laws and regulations, including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Comply with the provisions of the company’s Safety Standards.
- Stop work and question unforeseen hazards.
- Speak up to their leader or the employee in charge when safety issues arise.
- Report willful or repeated violations of the company’s safety policies and report general disregard for established safe work practices or employee or public safety.
The company maintains an Executive Safety Committee to ensure implementation of these safety policies and to assess and update them as needed.
Water Use in 2019
Water usage at our three natural gas plants (Langley Gulch, Bennett Mountain and Danskin), co-owned three coal plants (Boardman, Bridger and North Valmy), and our facilities company-wide was 1,989,736,589 gallons.
Water Withdrawal in 2019
Langley Gulch: 308,936,000 gallons from the on-site wells and the river house wells combined
Danskin: 5,005,445 gallons from company-owned well
Total: 313,941,445 gallons
Idaho Power does not operate in a High Baseline Water Stress area or an Extremely High Baseline Water Stress area. Using the World Resources Institute’s Water Risk Atlas, Idaho Power’s service area is in Low and Low-to-Medium Water Stress Areas.
Water Withdrawal Risk Management
Idaho Power and multiple other entities withdraw water from the Snake River Basin. To address impacts on available groundwater and surface water, Idaho Power initiated and pursued a successful weather modification program in the Snake River Basin. The company partnered with an existing program in the upper Snake River Basin and has cooperatively expanded the existing weather-modification program, along with forecasting and meteorological data support. In 2014, Idaho Power expanded its cloud-seeding program to the Boise and Wood River basins, in collaboration with basin water users and the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB). Wood River cloud seeding, along with the upper Snake River activities, will benefit the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer (ESPA) Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan (CAMP) implementation through additional water supply. These efforts are ongoing.
Percentage of Water Recycled/Reused
2019 recylced or reused water / 2019 total water usage: 48,190,805/1,989,736,589 = 2.4%
Idaho Power manages damaged power poles, replacement parts and obsolete equipment and other waste in accordance with local, state and federal regulations. In the case of a distribution pole damaged by a vehicle or weather, the pole is replaced and the damaged pole, with its equipment (transformer, insulators, switches, etc.), is transported to our Investment Recovery facility in Boise. We then assess the parts for repair and/or reuse. In the case of the wooden pole, we cut it to dimensions more usable by the general public, who can acquire such assets when available.
We also recycle transformer oil, reducing waste, saving costs and promoting reuse of transformers We are one of three utilities who performs this internal asset-management practice.