by Andrew Crisp
Outside Idaho Power's Boise headquarters, at 13th and Idaho streets, protesters turned out today to urge the utility company to move to more renewable resources, eliminate coal plants and invest in solar and wind power.
Representatives from the Snake River Alliance, Idaho Rivers United and others arranged themselves on the sidewalk. They organized a mock shareholders meeting, enlisting Steve Crowley dressed in a blazer, sporting a blue and orange tie to act as CEO.
In the protest turned street theater, Crowley allowed mock shareholders, dubbed "care-holders" by the organizers, to voice their grievances with the management of Idaho Power.
"You sound like one of those climate-change believers!" Crowley told one woman, who voiced concern about CO2 emission. "I’m agnostic on the subject, and generally like warm weather."
An hour prior to the street-side care-holders meeting, SRA's Ken Miller went inside the building to attend the shareholder session. He and seven other alternative energy-minded people each purchased one share of Idaho Power stock to gain admission.
"One share will get you in the door," said Miller. "They were trading around $40. Lots of people buy a share just to get a chance to ask the company questions. We asked what the company is doing to invest in alternative and renewable energy."