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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


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Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - ID: Energy Policy

The Idaho National Laboratory will be home to NuScale's small, modular reactor project. (Sam Beebe/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho - Questions are being raised about the future of NuScale Power's Idaho project to bring nuclear energy to cities in the Mountain West. NuScale's small, modular reactor design is the first of its kind to be approved in the United States. The new, compact concept is made up of 12 small

Irrigation incurs big costs for Idaho farmers that can be offset by solar projects. (David Frazier/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Some farmers fear a rate case before Idaho commissioners will throw shade on future solar projects. The state Public Utilities Commission will consider changes for farmers to its net-metering program, which credits producers for excess energy sent back to the grid. The proposal cou

A project for a new nuclear reactor design is slated to be built at the Idaho National Laboratory. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A new report says problems lie ahead for a new nuclear plant design in Idaho that will supply power to municipalities in six states. Dr. M.V. Ramana, director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columb

Utility company Avista has committed to providing 100% clean energy by 2045. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

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SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Idahoans will get a chance to have their voices heard on their energy future this week. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is holding a virtual public hearing on Avista's 20-year integrated resource plan on Wednesday. The city of Sandpoint, Idaho Conservation League, Idaho F

NuScale is developing a nuclear reactor project at the Idaho National Laboratory. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A proposal from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission exempting emergency planning for new nuclear plant designs is raising alarms. The NRC proposal would allow facilities to end emergency preparedness zones at their boundaries. That zone is currently set at a 10-mile radius

Nuclear waste from the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979 made its way to Idaho for storage. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho - Saturday is the 41st anniversary of the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Experts say there are lessons in the incident, including for Idaho, where waste from the plant eventually ended up. Associate Professor of English and Sustainability at Stony Brook

Removal of energy efficiency standards such as heating insulation could be approved by a state House committee. (Arpad Nagy-Bagoly/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho lawmakers are considering removing energy standards from building codes. But building industry groups say that would be a mistake that could put Idahoans at risk. Provisions such as heat insulation and water sealing to prevent hazards such as black mold are addressed in ene

More than 4,000 rooftop solar owners could see big increases to their electricity bill under an Idaho Power proposal. (Brad Nixon/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho – Rooftop solar customers could see big changes to their energy bills under a proposal from Idaho Power. The utility company wants to cut in half the price it pays for excess electricity sent back to the grid from solar owners – a structure known as net metering. Current

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