Coalition's Spring Conference tackles big issues in Boise

NW Energy Coalition's annual Spring Conference has just wrapped up in Boise.

Laird Lucas, Executive Director of Advocates for the West gave a keynote address walking attendees through the myriad environmental and social issues surrounding oil-field "megaloads." These immense shipments are planning to pass through some of Idaho's most wild and scenic regions along narrow and winding mountain roads on their way to the Canada.

We also had panels looking at the past and future role of nuclear power in the Northwest and how the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) can be utilized to balance the development of small and large scale renewable energy development.

Panelists also explored the next steps advocates in the region might take in anticipation of an expected ruling from Judge James Redden on the federal salmon and steelhead plan for the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

An evening reception and going-away party for long time coalition staffer Steve Weiss wrapped up the day.

Thanks to all our speakers and atendess for making the Spring Conference a rousing success. We hope to see you in Seattle on December 2nd  for our Fall Conference and our 30th Anniversery celebration!

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