(Idaho Falls, ID) –In a resolution passed Thursday night, the Idaho Falls City Council celebrated the city’s 100 percent clean and carbon free energy portfolio and committed to pursue clean energy use and policies throughout the city in areas such as infrastructure, building design and vehicle purchases.
“Maintaining our carbon free electricity portfolio and leveraging it to the benefit of our community is of paramount importance to us,” said Idaho Falls Power Director Bear Prairie. “All across the country there is continuing policy and legal discussion about restrictions on carbon emissions and electricity production. It is really remarkable that while states and cities and power utilities are struggling in the face of increasing regulation, Idaho Falls has already attained a 100 percent carbon free portfolio. That is a real credit to our city leaders and a huge benefit to our ratepayers.”
Prairie emphasized the importance of a diverse energy management portfolio that includes wind, hydro power and other clean energy generation strategies. He also stressed the importance of partnering on future projects such as with the Carbon Free Power Project and development of the Small Modular Reactor (SMR).
The council voted unanimously to pass the resolution establishing the city’s formal commitment to maintain clean, carbon free electricity generation and to integrate clean energy use across all city operations where economically viable. Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper echoed the words of the resolution and emphasized the importance of clean energy and a commitment to pursing economically and environmentally sustainable policies.
“We want to ensure that we manage our City resources in a manner that ensures a resilient and sustainable future,” said Mayor Casper. “We’ve worked very hard to establish Idaho Falls as a leader in clean energy production and use and we want to continue to pursue new, economically viable and environmentally responsible policies and practices throughout the city. From sustainable building design and electric vehicles in our fleet to how we plan for the future growth of our community, we want our goal to always be to provide the most cost effective and sustainable ways to do those things.”
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For more information or to schedule an appointment with city staff, please contact Idaho Falls Public Information Officer Bud Cranor at 208-612-8306.