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solarToday we’ll be talking with Bryan Lawley from Even Green Technologies, a solar and energy management services provider here in Idaho, as well as Julie Hart with the Idaho Clean Energy Association. We’ll be discussing the proposed policy changes to Idaho Power’s net metering program and how, if approved, those changes will affect the industry in the Gem State. As always tune in to the discussion at Noon today at 89.9 FM or 93.5FM in the Treasure Valley or stream the show online at www.radioboise.org.

-Charlie

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For both our December 2012 and January 2013 session, our show featured Heather Burpe who talked about her ongoing “Targeting 100! How Healthcare Can Meet the 2030 Challenge” research project.

Targeting 100! is a roadmap that lays the groundwork for achieving exceptionally energy efficient hospitals in the most diverse climate regions and most populous centers of the U.S. Named Targeting 100! for its goal of reducing energy by 60% from typical operational examples to less than 100 KBtu/SF Yr, this research opens a path to achieve these aggressive goals in practice. Through detailed energy and cost models, Targeting 100! shows that it is possible to meet the 2030 Challenge across the U.S. with very little incremental cost increase.  Inspired by low energy examples world-wide and input from industry experts, overarching strategies for achieving this goal include high interior environmental quality, goal setting, energy benchmarking & tracking, and integrated teams & strategies. The team will present and discuss approaches, results, suggested strategies through a digital tool developed for implementing Targeting 100!

To listen to the archived interview, click here.

To read more about the Targetting 100! project, click here.

Heather Burpee is a Health Design Specialist at University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab. She consults leading health design firms in the Northwest on best practices for high quality, energy efficient design for hospitals and manages the research, Targeting 100!.

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Idaho Power has proposed new rules to the Idaho Public Utility Commission concerning how it wants to operate it’s net-metering program. The proposed changes follow the announcement that Idaho Power would like to temporarily suspend two popular consumer electricity demand-response programs.

Courtney White

Courtney White

Net-metering allows Idaho Power customers who generate their own electricity (through wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass or fuel cell installations), to sell excess power back into the grid and receive compensation for it. Under proposed rule changes, Idaho Power will double the total number of power that is permitted to be generated by net-metering, but it will also quadruple the service fees that net-metering users pay to access the Idaho Power grid. Net-metering users will also no longer receive direct compensation for the power they generate, but will instead receive yearly credits that can be redeemed for power use if and when users draw electricity from Idaho Power’s grid. The credits expire at the end of the fiscal year.

Join us for a conversation with Courtney White, a local homeowner with a solar installation that participates in the net-metering program to hear about her experiences with the program and what the proposed rule changes mean to her and for all Idaho Power users concerned about increasing the supply of clean energy generation in our state.

You can also download a podcast of our conversation.

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Today’s show features guests Scott Hedrick with Scott Hedrick Construction and Joe Swindford with Energy Seal Air Barrier Systems and we’ll be discussing the recently completed 12th & River senior apartments in downtown Boise which is a 53-unit, $12 million project developed by the non-profit Mercy Housing Northwest as affordable housing for seniors 55 and older.

The 12th & River Senior Housing achieved the highest level of LEED certification (Platinum) with the highest number of points of any LEED for Homes project in Idaho. In the process of upgrading the insulation package the insulation sub contractor, Energy Seal, developed a new dense pack assembly that they tested and got approved as a new UL listing.  Tune in to our discussion on what makes the project unique and sustainable.RP4200 Picture

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