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Celebrate Our Hydro Heritage

Here’s a video by Cliff Brady, a local businessman who, as chairman of the Citizen Energy Committee, helped educate residents on the benefits of supporting a $48 million bond to rebuild the City’s hydropower plants after thy were damaged in the Teton Dam Flood in 1977. The bond overwhelmingly passed – nearly 90 percent of the ballots cast were in support – and are set to be retired this year, along with a separate $48 million bond used to build Gem State Plant in the late 1980s.

Thanks to Cliff Brady - and other community members - who have served in vital citizen advisory roles to our utility. Public Power is about working with our customers to develop our future. This investment has paid off! Join us in the upcoming celebration on Sept. 25 at the Colonial Theater, 498 A St. .

Celebrate our Hydropower Heritage will feature appearances by former and current City leaders and will be immediately followed by a “bond” fire at IFP offices, 140 S. Capital Ave.

A day later, at noon on Sept. 26, IFP hosts its annual Public Power Open House. This free, family-friendly event will feature free food, live music, door prizes, bucket truck rides, tours of the City Plant, safety demonstration and more. It runs until 4 pm at IFP offices on Capital.

The retirement of the bonds has also allowed IFP to propose a rate decrease for its customers. Under the proposed new rate plan, which is subject to City Council approval, residential rates would effectively drop from 6.25 cents per kilowatt-hour used to 5.35 cents/kWh, while the monthly service charge would increase from $10 to $15.