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Climate Action Party, Rally Set Today, Saturday in Boise

A two-day Climate Action Party and Rally is coming to Boise this weekend. Credit: Snake River Alliance
A two-day Climate Action Party and Rally is coming to Boise this weekend. Credit: Snake River Alliance
October 23, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho gets almost half of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, which emit greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. So today and Saturday, 12 environmental and community groups are throwing a big party and rally in Boise to spur action on the issue.

Kelsey Jae Nunez, executive director of the Snake River Alliance, said the utilities need to find more renewable sources of energy and promote ideas such as community solar.

"Imagine a solar array in a subdivision where a group of homeowners can buy equal shares in it," she said, "or somebody lives in an apartment complex, they can buy into a group solar array. So that's one of the conversations that our groups are working on."

Presentations, training, food and music are planned tonight at Fort Boise. On Saturday, events start at Fort Boise and will continue with a 2 p.m. rally at the Capitol building steps that is expected to draw 500 to 1,000 people.

Nunez lamented a recent action by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to slash the length of utility-scale solar contracts from 20 years to two years - which could drive developers out of the state. So the advocacy group Idaho Climate Action Community is working to get citizens fired up to come up with new ideas and push for policy change.

"We're really trying to build up the knowledge base of the citizens in Idaho so they understand how those processes work," she said, "so that when our individual groups need them to show up for a public hearing or need them to submit comments on a proposed plan that we can activate people quickly."

The rally also will promote efficiency and conservation measures - things people can accomplish on their own to slow climate change.

The events at Fort Boise will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today and start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the rally to follow at 2 p.m. More information is online at

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - ID