Boise's Energy Future

A Community-wide Clean Energy Plan

Boise’s Energy Future establishes a plan and goals for transitioning to clean electricity and using energy wisely in our community. Our plan identifies a future vision where Boise’s community energy will be generated from clean sources that deliver reliable and affordable energy that benefits our local economy, while enhancing our community’s resilience to climate change.

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Electricity Goal

100% of the electricity used by the City of Boise’s residents and businesses will be clean by 2035 while prioritizing affordability and access for all.

Path to 100% Clean Electricity

47%EXISTING UTILITY SCALE RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY
Take credit for all renewable electricity that Idaho Power delivers.
24%NEW UTILITY SCALE RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY
Support new renewable electricity generation by Idaho Power while ensuring reliability.
 15%ELECTRICITY EFFICIENCY
Increase customer participation in Idaho Power’s efficiency programs.
8%EXISTING GREEN POWER PROGRAMS
Encourage customer participation in Idaho Power’s Green Power Program.
4%ON-SITE AND COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY
Increase rooftop and community solar installations.
2%GREEN POWER PROCUREMENT
Power city government facilities and operations with renewable electricity.
42%

Average annual hydroelectric generation by Idaho Power (2014-2017)

9%

Reduction in average annual electricity generation from coal (2014-2017)

47%

Increase in residential permits for solar installations in 2018

Thermal Goal

Increase natural gas efficiency, expand the geothermal system.

  • NATURAL GAS EFFICIENCY
    Increase customer participation in Intermountain Gas’ efficiency programs.
  • GEOTHERMAL
    Connect additional buildings to the city’s geothermal system.
  • RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS
    Explore incorporating renewable natural gas into our community’s supply.
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCING
    Transition thermal energy to renewable sources in the future, where practical.

Community Energy Sources

  • 48% ELECTRICITY
    used for lighting, cooling, powering appliances and many other purposes.
  • 50% NATURAL GAS
    used for heating, hot water heating and other uses like gas appliances or fireplaces.
  • 2% GEOTHERMAL
    a renewable energy source used primarily for heating buildings near downtown.

Community Energy Expenses

Together, our community spends approximately $250 million annually on energy. This amount is expected to increase by more than double in the next 20 years.

$184 MillionElectricity
+ $61 MillionNatural Gas
+ $3 MillionGeothermal
= $248 MillionSpent on energy in 2015

Community Input

Gathering input from our community was an important part of the process to develop a plan and set goals for the energy future of our community. More than 75% of the community agrees with the city’s plan to establish goals to reduce energy use and transition to clean/renewable energy.

Community's Top Priorities

  1. Clean/Renewable Energy
  2. Affordability
  3. Addressing Climate or Environmental Impacts
  4. Reliability
  5. Local Jobs and Economy

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