Boise wants 100% renewable energy by 2040

Boise wants 100% renewable energy by 2040
Posted at 4:42 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 06:50:10-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise is charting a course for its energy future and it needs your help. By the year 2040, the city wants to reduce its energy use and transition to 100 percent renewable electricity.

The plan has been in the works for over a year now and it outlines six different ways the city can achieve that goal. Some options involve using natural gas and, of course, hot water from the city's geothermal system.

"Things like energy efficiency--you know, the cheapest electron is the one never used. So how do we make homes and businesses more efficient so they use less? But then what does it look like to add more renewables?" asked Colin Hickman, the communications manager for the public works system.

A draft plan is now available online.

Residents are encouraged to check it out and offer comments. You can do that by either submitting your opinions online by next Tuesday, April 2. There will also be a Boise City Council Meeting on April 2 at 6 p.m. in the Maryanne Jordan City Council Chambers at Boise City Hall.