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Friday, December 07, 2018

Contact: Colin Hickman
208-972-8497 | chickman@cityofboise.org

City of Boise Seeks Citizen Feedback on Draft Renewable Energy Plan

The City of Boise’s plan for reshaping the community’s energy use will be center stage during a series of three open houses and a Facebook Live event in early December.

Boise’s Energy Future is a focused effort to set timelines and specific actions to achieve community-wide renewable energy transition for Boise homes and businesses.

To better gauge community support, values and priorities around energy, the city will be hosting three in-person open houses and a Facebook Live open house. In addition, the city will be conducting a large-scale citizen survey in partnership with Boise State University. The open houses will also provide citizens an opportunity to learn more about where Boise’s energy comes from and details of the planning process.

“The City of Boise has an incredible opportunity to lead on clean energy,” said Boise Mayor David Bieter. “This is not easy work, but it’s important for the economic and environmental vibrancy of our city. If we do this right, the magnitude of this project is truly about what kind of Boise we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.”

During September’s State of the City address, Mayor Bieter announced that the electricity that powers the City of Boise’s own facilities and operations will be 100 percent renewable by the year 2030. The municipal goal will be part of the larger effort currently underway to reach a community-wide clean energy goal.

“There has been some really important work done so far,” said Public Works Director Steve Burgos. “We’ve been fortunate to have a great team of partners helping us pull together a lot of information to get this process off the ground, and now we’re looking forward to having a conversation with our citizens about where we go next.”

Upcoming opportunities for public input on Boise’s Energy Future include these open houses:

Tuesday, Dec. 4; 6-8 p.m.
Library! at Hillcrest
5246 W. Overland Road

Saturday, Dec. 8; 10 a.m. – noon
Boise City Hall Lobby
150 N. Capitol Boulevard

Thursday, Dec. 13; 6-8 p.m.
Library! at Bown Crossing
2153 E. Riverwalk Drive

In addition, the city will host a Facebook Live event featuring Boise’s Energy Future on Monday, Dec. 10; Noon – 1 p.m.

After this initial phase of outreach, feedback will be incorporated into the initiative’s draft plan. Citizens will have another opportunity to review the plan this spring prior to its consideration by the city council.

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