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Idaho Power delivers $45,743 to Nampa for energy upgrades (access required)

The City of Nampa on Dec. 7 received an incentive check from Idaho Power’s Custom Efficiency program for recent energy efficiency improvements. The upgrades qualified Nampa for $45,743 in incentives. Idaho Power and the City of Nampa worked over the ...

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Idaho Power wants cost adjustment made permanent (access required)

Idaho Power Co. is asking state regulators to make permanent a program that allows the utility to recover its fixed costs of delivering energy regardless of the impact energy efficiency and conservation programs have on energy sales. The Idaho Public ...

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$1.5M in renewable energy grants awarded in Idaho (access required)

The Idaho Office of Energy Resources announced the award of $1.5 million in grants to counties and cities on Dec. 9 to set up Renewable Energy Enterprise Zones with money from the federal economic stimulus program. The grant program was ...

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Number of Ada County homebuilders falls 79 percent (access required)

Since 2005, the active Ada County homebuilding industry has shrunk to a fraction of its former size. In 2005, 770 builders pulled permits to build new homes in Ada County. In 2009, just 160 have done the same – a ...

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Aquifer recharge effort surpasses goal (access required)

A state-led program to divert some Snake River water back into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer of south central and southeast Idaho exceeded expectations this year thanks to favorable water and weather conditions. Groundwater “recharge” programs sent about 104,000 acre ...

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Nampa launches free downtown WiFi (access required)

Nampa Mayor Tom Dale officially kicked off the city’s free downtown WiFi hot spot on Dec. 9, surfing the Web on a laptop computer at Honker’s Café, 1210 2nd St. S. The new service, which provides free wireless Internet access ...

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U.S. 95 project awarded at less than half of estimate (access required)

The Idaho Transportation Department opened bids Dec. 8 on a north Idaho U.S. 95 roadway project, and the low bid came in 62.6 percent lower than the estimate. ITD had estimated the project would cost $15.8 million, but Interstate Concrete and ...

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Concerns arise over plans to fluctuate Lake Pend Oreille levels (access required)

The Bonneville Power Administration’s plan to fluctuate the level of Lake Pend Oreille this winter has the Pend Oreille Basin Commission and some lakeside property owners worried about environmental damage and potential damage to docks, pilings and boats. BPA, which ...

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Idaho manufacturing jobs declined 8.7 percent during past year (access required)

It’s no surprise that industrial employment in Idaho fell 8.7 percent during the past 12 months, according to a recent survey. Idaho lost 7,366 industrial jobs and 142 manufacturers between October 2008 and October 2009, the sharpest decline reported in ...

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