Officials Mull Two Eastern Idaho Power Plants, One Nuclear, One Solar


Two very different power projects are being proposed for Eastern Idaho.

Twin Buttes Enterprises has approached Butte County officials with a plan to build a nuclear power plant in their county, according to KIDK-TV. In particular, Twin Buttes executives have their eyes set on 1,840 acres of property that they would like rezoned for the nuclear project. 

They're also promising jobs with median incomes of $66,000 versus what they say is a $30,473 median income for an average power plant worker. Overall, with a promised 2,000 employees, developers say the nuclear plant could drive approximately $132 million annually into the local economy.

Meanwhile, a $75 million solar panel project, proposed for the north side of the Pocatello Regional Airport, has secured a lease agreement with the Pocatello City Council.  The Idaho State Journal reports that Pocatello Solar is still working on securing permits with Idaho Power but they're hoping to be up and running by Dec. 31, 2016.

The city of Pocatello will receive $1,500 rent for the first two years while the solar power facility is being built, and then for the next 20 years will receive 3.4 percent of the plant's gross revenues.