BOISE, Idaho — House lawmakers have adopted a new state energy plan calls for making energy efficiency and renewable resources a priority.
Dover Rep. George Eskridge sponsored the resolution supporting the 2012 Energy Plan, which also encourages the state to diversify its energy portfolio and rely less on outside sources.
The bill passed 56-9 Tuesday and advances to the Senate.
Eskridge says because Idaho imports much of its energy, ratepayers are left vulnerable to circumstances beyond state control.
Challis Rep. Lenore Barrett voted against the resolution because the plan supports renewable energy over traditional resources.
The version approved by the House differs slightly from the draft written by the Interim Energy, Environment and Technology Committee.
The House version does not call for a creating a citizen advocate to oversee rate increase proposals.
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