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Idaho Energy Freedom Releases Statement Opposing Proposed Bannock County Ban on Solar Energy and Wind Projects

Idaho Energy Freedom, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to educating Idahoans about the economic benefits of clean energy, has expressed opposition to a proposed Bannock County ordinance that would ban any future large-scale wind and solar energy projects in the County. 

Here is the full statement by Idaho Energy Freedom

“Clean energy makes a huge impact in the State of Idaho. With Idaho Power’s hydropower and INL’s nuclear energy resources, leading the way as examples, our state needs to continue moving forward with developing more clean energy projects. According to Governor Little’s 2024 Energy Landscape Report, the state’s energy economy contributes $6.3 billion to our GDP and more than 50,000 jobs that pay on average $91,000 a year, compared to the state’s median salary of under $37,000. Moreover, the energy economy is anticipated to grow at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years.

“Solar energy is happening in Idaho, regardless of whether Bannock County wants its community to benefit or be at a disadvantage in the face of larger economic trends. As of September 2023, the installed solar capacity in Idaho had grown to 825 MW, sufficient to power 106,928 homes. Today, Idaho boasts 43 solar companies, employing nearly 630 individuals. This proposed ordinance sends the wrong message to all of those companies and their workers. 

“Other states, like Wyoming, Utah and Nevada, are reaping the benefits of clean energy, including solar and wind projects. We believe Idaho should continue to adhere to its free-market principles and be open for business, including clean energy projects, for the good of our state’s economy.”

The proposed ordinance is up for a public hearing on March 26th , and we encourage opponents to email development@bannockcounty.gov or show up in person to Bannock County Courthouse Commissioners’ Chambers (Room 212, 624E Center St, Pocatello) at 11 AM on Tuesday March 26th .  More details can be found here

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