Letters From the West

Sierra Club plans demonstration of Idacorp shareholders meeting

Demonstrators, including Ginny Miller of Boise, gather outside of the Idaho Power building in Downtown Boise on during the 2012 shareholder's meeting to protest the power company’s reliance on coal-fired power plants.Joe Jaszewski — jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

Demonstrators, including Ginny Miller of Boise, gather outside of the Idaho Power building in Downtown Boise on during the 2012 shareholder’s meeting to protest the power company’s reliance on coal-fired power plants.Joe Jaszewski — jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

The Sierra Club will be demonstrating Thursday outside of the Idacorp, Inc. annual shareholders meet on the sidewalk in front of Idaho Power headquarters in Boise.

The group urged marchers to be respectful of Idaho Power’s private property and people entering the building.

“We are asking the shareholders of Idaho Power to continue to support home solar power production,” said Harold Orien, executive committee member for the Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club. “Doing this will help us move ahead towards Idaho energy independence. ”

You might remember that last year the Snake River Alliance held a demonstration against Idaho Power’s continued reliance on coal last year outside the meeting. Idaho Power officials tossed the renewable energy group off of its Integrated Resource Planning Advisory Council in response.

At the meeting, Idacorp President and Chief Executive Officer J. LaMont Keen and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Darrel Anderson will discuss 2012 performance by Idacorp and its primary subsidiary, Idaho Power Co., and share key initiatives for 2013 and beyond.

Idacorp was formed in 1998 as a holding company. Its subsidiaries include: Idaho Power, a regulated electric utility; Idacorp Financial, an investor in affordable housing projects and real estate; and Ida-West Energy, an operator of small hydroelectric projects. Idaho Power employs approximately 2,000 people and serves more than 500,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon.

Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

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