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Governor Otter Highlights
Idaho Energy Needs

by Staff
Fox 12 News, January 2, 2008

Boise, Idaho -- Gov. Butch Otter addressed the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Tuesday regarding energy issues and says they are a priority in his administration.

Not only did he update the group on Idaho's improving water supply, he also emphasized the need for clean renewable energy and energy conservation.

Otter says because of hydroelectric power, the Gem State is already a leader in green energy. To meet the state's growing demand for power, he feels using nuclear energy is a must.

"What I would like to do, I would like to not have to turn down the location of another company in Idaho for the lack of 25 megawatts of power. I would like to not loose another major employer or the expansion of one of our present employers due to the lack of energy," said Otter.

Otter has even created a new cabinet position, known as the Office of Energy, headed by the former chairmen of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, to help plan Idaho's energy future.

By the year 2025, Otter hopes the state will get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

Governor Otter Highlights Idaho Energy Needs
Fox 12 News, January 2, 2008

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