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Thursday, May 19, 2016   

BOISE, Idaho - Replacing coal power, promoting renewables, and energy efficiency in Idaho and the neighboring states will be hot topics at today's annual conference
of the Northwest Energy Coalition in Missoula, Montana. The nonprofit advocacy group counts dozens of Idaho groups among its members, and organizers say more than 100 people are gathering at today's event to chart a course toward a clean-energy economy.

Marc Krasnowsky, communications director for the North West Energy Coalition, says panelists will discuss the best way to push incentives and remove disincentives to rooftop solar.

"We'll be looking at opportunities for clean-energy development," he said. "Solar is particularly hot these days, and we'll see what the policy environment is, what needs to change to make more solar and other new clean renewables come online."

The Idaho Conservation League will be at the conference, to talk about how to encourage Idaho utilities to replace out-of-state coal power with in-state clean energy, how to protect individual rights to go solar, to drive participation in energy saving programs, and to monitor the siting of transmission lines across the southern part of the state.

Krasnowsky says there will be tips for helping rural areas promote energy efficiency.

"It's harder for small co-ops, rural public utilities districts, to put out incentives to help consumers make their home more insulated and to have appliances that save energy," he added.

The Coalition has two sets of meetings each year that switch off locations, one between Montana and Idaho, the other between Oregon and Washington. The next one, for the organization's 35th anniversary, is this fall in Portland, Oregon.


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