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Sempra Energy’s Jerome Plant, ID

STATUS: Canceled

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Former Idaho Governor Jim Risch and current Idaho governor Butch Otter; Senator Clint Stennett; Sierra Club; local citizens

PROSPECTS: Unlikely

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.

SOURCES: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060330/news_1b30sempra.html 
http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005109014&var_Year=2006&var_Month=03&var_Day=31  
http://public.sempra.com/newsreleases/viewPR.cfm?PR_ID=1827&Co_Short_Nm=SE
http://www.hcn.org/issues/321/16262

LAST UPDATED: November 15, 2010