by Sarah Barber
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is fond of promoting alternative energy projects. He talks regularly about Idaho's larger-scale wind and solar farms, either under construction or being proposed. It's a good bet that Otter will again mention such developments when he gives his State of the State Address Monday afternoon.
In advance of the 2012 session of the Idaho Legislature, Jeff Roth, president of Sunlution LLC, would like to see more lawmakers become advocates for alternative energy.
"I'd like to see our local government leaders become much more active advocates of solar photovoltaics," said Roth. "PV is a clean, reliable and very cost effective 25- to 50-year energy generation tool in the U.S. energy toolbox and needs to be characterized and supported in a valid and and realistic way by our appointed leaders. It is the only way it will find its true and practical value in a less secure U.S. energy portfolio that is controlled by special interest money and competing subsidies."