Under Rep. Mike Simpson’s plan, $10 billion would be invested in clean energy to replace power from the lower Snake River dams. (knowlesgallery/Adobe Stock)

February 23, 2021

BOISE, Idaho — The Northwest infrastructure plan developed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, would benefit more than salmon. It would also mean a major investment in clean energy for the region.

Simpson’s proposal allocates $10 billion to replace power from the four lower Snake River dams if they’re removed.

John Gardner, chair of the mechanical and biomedical engineering department at Boise State University, said the growth in clean-energy storage and capacity has shot up to its greatest level in 50 years.

“There’s a big appetite to invest in this area,” Gardner asserted. “So I think replacing the energy-generating

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