Monthly Archives: May 2013

Idaho Power will invest in coal, for now

By Rocky Barker
Idaho Stateman

Idacorp CEO LaMont Keen said Thursday that Idaho Power Co. will continue to rely on coal plants in Wyoming and Nevada, but revisit that decision in its next two-year planning process.

Keen told the 10 stockholders who attended the annual meeting that Idaho Power will ask the Idaho Public Utilities Commission later this year to approve its decision to spend millions on required pollution-control upgrades on the Jim Bridger plants in Wyoming.

Idaho Power had a contractor analyze the economics of upgrading the coal plants against the cost of building a cleaner gas-fired plant. Idaho Power spent nearly $400 million to build its Langley Gulch gas plant near Fruitland.

“Without these coal plants, the air conditioners won’t be on and the pumps won’t be lifting the water onto the crops,” Keen said in response to the stockholders’ questions. Read more

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Fish collector could boost Baker Lake summer sockeye numbers

By Mark Yuasa
Seattle Times

Baker Lake summer sockeye could soon see a dramatic boost in returns.

Puget Sound Energy work crews launched a second 1,100-ton barge fish collector March 1, anchored just above Lower Baker Dam on Lake Shannon.

“If you’re a sockeye fan, this is yet another great thing for the (Baker-Skagit river) system,” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in La Conner.

The huge floating barge has netting that draws migrating juvenile salmon into a funnel where they’re held in tanks and evaluated. Fish are then transferred by trucks below the two dams, and eventually released into the river to complete their outbound migration. Read more

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