September Clean Energy News

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National Clean Energy Week

We want to thank Governor Brad Little for signing a proclamation that recognizes September 23-30th as National Clean Energy Week. Governor Little included in the proclamation that he “encourage[s] all municipalities and individuals to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available.” We are heartened by the Governor’s acknowledgement of Idaho’s clean energy advancements, as are the several communities who have worked hard to modernize their infrastructure for a healthier, more economical future.

CVI, Idaho Sierra Club, and local partners have made it a priority to reach out to municipalities to pass clean energy commitments and implement these lowest-emitting energy technologies. We are thrilled to share that 3 out of 4 Idahoans are now living in a community with a city, county, and/or utility clean energy commitment.

Idaho Energy Efficiency Codes

Idaho’s building codes and energy efficiency codes protect the safety of Idahoans, keep our energy grid functional, and save money for Idaho families by setting a baseline standard for homes and buildings. Every year, legislators like Representative Dixon have eliminated local control, and have even attempted to eliminate all energy efficiency codes. 

Unfortunately, our energy efficiency codes are now facing potential rollbacks through the Idaho Building Code Board. This would hurt Idaho consumers, jeopardize our grid’s reliability, and undermine the priorities that just last week were named in the Governor’s proclamation. CVI is part of a large group of efficiency code supporters that include realtors, conservation advocates, financial institutions, building code experts, cities, counties, and more that oppose these rollbacks. 

Four Electric Vehicle Events

The State of Idaho has shared the complete list of the 12 locations that received funding for 48 EV chargers around the state. To celebrate these chargers and launch the ChargeWest Initiative, Governor Little is hosting an event on September 15th in Island Park, Idaho

On September 15th, our Program Manager Ryan McGoldrick will also be moderating a CleanTech Alliance panel on EVs. You can register here to attend either in person or virtually. 

Last month, CVI attended Idaho Power’s Fleet Conversion Event. Organizations like Idaho Power, Republic Services, Boise State brought electric trucks, forklifts, garbage trucks and more to help fleet managers understand how to make the EV transition. 

On September 24th, CVI will be joined by Idaho Power, Boise State, Idaho Sierra Club, and the Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition in hosting an Electric Car Show at the Boise Farmers Market for National Drive Electric Week. RSVP here to bring your own EV to the event!

EPA’s Environmental Justice Discussions

The EPA Region 10 staff is visiting two locations in Idaho to discuss the Justice40 Initiative, which ensures that at least 40% of “certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.” Attendees can learn about environmental justice, Justice40, and how to submit successful grant applications.

Vall-eBike Rollout in Boise In recognition of the growing popularity of electric bikes, Vall-eBike (formerly Boise GreenBike) launched as a 50-bike pilot program in July 2022. The pilot will end in October, but depending on public response and feedback to this pilot,, organizers hope to expand to 300 bikes next year. Show your support by testing out the new bikes this week.