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Group dedicated to clean energy future holds first education day at Idaho Capitol

By: - January 18, 2023 5:49 pm
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Idaho Energy Freedom hopes to combat misinformation and highlight the economic benefits that come with expanded energy options. (Courtesy of Idaho Power)

Idaho Energy Freedom, a new organization dedicated to educating Idahoans and lawmakers about the importance and benefits of sustainable energy, held its first education day at the Idaho Capitol on Wednesday with speakers from Owyhee County and the Nez Perce Tribe.

The group, founded in September, hopes to combat misinformation around clean energy and to highlight the economic benefits that often come with expanded energy options such as wind, solar and hydrogen power.

Peter Richardson, chairman of Idaho Energy Freedom and a principal attorney at Richardson Adams PLLC, spoke at a press conference Wednesday and said energy projects in Idaho are a strong economic driver that keeps money and jobs in the state. While Richardson said the group will not engage in lobbying efforts, the experts on the advisory council will share knowledge as needed for any legislative efforts that may come up this session.

“Clean energy developments in Idaho benefit all of us, economically and environmentally,” Richardson said.

Chantel Greene, founder and CEO of Xexus Greene Energy and a Nez Perce Gaming commissioner, said clean energy is part of her family’s heritage in North Idaho.

“The Greene family of Lapwai is a fishing family, and to protect our resources and preserve them for future generations is the cornerstone of what Xexus Greene energy stands for. The fight from before, the old time of protecting our waterways, our natural resources, is still the fight today,” Greene said. “That‘s the main point today is to carry on maintaining our resources and helping others do the same.”

Idaho Energy Freedom will maintain a blog of clean energy news from around the region and has produced a series of videos about clean energy goals and projects. Future events will be posted on the organization’s website, and those who want to learn more or get involved can send an email to [email protected].


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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.