Charting a Course for our Energy Future
The Boise City Council adopted a goal of 100% citywide clean electricity by 2035. The electricity goal, as well as goals around natural gas and geothermal energy are part of an initiative called Boise’s Energy Future. The initiative focuses on achieving clean electricity and efficiency actions for the entire city.
The plan was guided by City of Boise staff and a stakeholder group of community organizations and businesses, including local utilities. The plan was developed with extensive public outreach, including a citywide survey in partnership with Boise State University. Highlights from the survey found that 77% of polled citizens either strongly or somewhat agreeing with the city’s effort to establish goals to reduce energy use and transition to clean electricity.
The plan also details six actionable electricity strategies with practical actions that demonstrate a cost-effective path to 100% clean electricity. Boise residents currently spend approximately $245 million dollars per year on energy in their homes, businesses, institutions, and industrial processes, 75% of which is spent on electricity and 25% on natural gas.