OPPOSITION: Former Idaho Governor Jim Risch and current Idaho governor Butch Otter; Senator Clint Stennett; Sierra Club; local citizens
BACKGROUND: In late 2002, Sempra Energy began a feasibility study evaluating construction of a $1.4 billion, 600 mega-watt coal power plant in Jerome Count, Idaho. Sempra announced its proposed construction plans in April, 2005. However, by March 2006, Sempra abandoned the project citing a “strategic decision” by the company to focus more on natural gas projects. However, the project was opposed by local citizens concerned about potential smog and pollution. This resulted in a grass roots effort to enact an Idaho legislative moratorium on building coal-fired plants in the state, which currently has none of these facilities. The moratorium was approved 64-5 by the Idaho House on March 21 and signed into law by a Republican governor on April 7.
LAST UPDATED: November 15, 2010