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We’re moving! May 17, 2010

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To better reflect the wider emphasis of the company, the Alternate Energy Holdings blog has moved to www.aehi.wordpress.com. Nothing else has changed and all of this blog’s content has been migrated to the new blog. This older blog will be deleted soon and no more posts will be made here, so make sure to reset your bookmarks if needed.

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Payette County Commissioners expected to vote on AEHI proposed nuclear power plant April 23, 2010

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EAGLE, IDAHO – April 23, 2010 – Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: AEHI) — Payette County Commissioners are expected to announce their decision Monday, April 26th at 11:00 AM concerning a change to the county’s comprehensive plan.  If approved, it would open the door to a proposal to build a nuclear power plant near New Plymouth, Idaho.

Commissioners currently have four different plan changes to choose from, all of which work very well for a nuclear power plant.  Should they choose the AEHI proposal, the company can then move forward on plans to rezone the property from agricultural to industrial.

“The county and an overwhelming majority of residents have already spoken out at a number of public meetings, telling the commissioners they want nuclear power in their community, and I believe the commissioners paid close attention to those requests,” said Don Gillispie, AEHI CEO.

The change to the comprehensive plan not only makes it possible to use the 5,000 acre parcel near Big Willow Road and Stone Quarry Road for industrial purposes, but it is worded specifically for a nuclear power plant.  This means the plan would allow for an industrial complex on the land only if that complex is a nuclear power plant.

The proposal has met with a great deal of support in Payette County, since the plant is expected to produce around 5,000 jobs through construction, and more than 1,000 jobs during operations.  Those jobs average $60,000 and $80,000 respectively.

The revenue during construction is also attractive to the county and the state.  Idaho will see an increase of $5.3 billion to its GDP and $4.8 billion of that money will flow directly through Payette County.

About Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. (http://www.alternateenergyholdings.com/) — Alternate Energy Holdings develops and markets innovative clean energy sources. The company is the nation’s only independent nuclear power plant developer seeking to build new power plants in multiple non-nuclear states. Other projects include Energy Neutral, which removes energy demands from homes and businesses (http://www.energyneutralinc.com/), Colorado Energy Park (nuclear and solar generation), and International Reactors, which assists developing countries with nuclear reactors for power generation, production of potable water and other suitable applications. AEHI China, headquartered in Beijing, develops joint ventures to produce nuclear plant components and consults on nuclear power. AEHI Korea, Seoul, is assisting KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Corporation) to export their APR 1400 reactor into the US and achieve NRC design certification.

“Safe Harbor” Statement: This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Sections 27A & 21E of the amended Securities and Exchange Acts of 1933-34, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Although AEHI believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these statements included in this press release will prove accurate. As a result, investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Nuclear power – a thumbnail sketch October 9, 2009

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We recently produced this one-page handout for public meetings. While there’s a growing appreciation for the role nuclear power plays in creating carbon-free energy, there are still a lot of myths out there and handouts like this will help set the record straight. To see it at full-size, you may click and drag it to your desktop or save it to a folder.

One-page handout with facts about nuclear power.

One-page handout with facts about nuclear power.

Elmore County Commission votes to continue considering nuclear plant rezone June 15, 2009

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Commissioners note contradictions in comprehensive land use plan and ask their Planning and Zoning commission to consider economic goals and a development agreement for power plant

June 15, 2009
For more information, contact:
Don Gillispie, 208-939-9311
Martin Johncox, 208-658-9100
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Alternate Energy Holdings Inc.(AEHI:PK), an investor-funded company seeking to build an advanced third-generation nuclear power plant in Southwest Idaho, said it is pleased at a unanimous decision by Elmore County Commissioners today to consider in more detail a proposal to rezone land for a proposed nuclear power plant.

The company has applied to Elmore County to rezone 1,300 acres of land for the plant, which would use 200 acres and leave the rest in farming. The three-member commission began discussing the issue June 8 and continued discussion until today while legal staff continued researching issues.

In deliberations Monday, Commissioner Connie Cruser said the current discussion reminds her of 40 years ago, when her high school debate team discussed the Hells Canyon Dam complex, which is Idaho’s largest power plant at nearly 400 megawatts.

“The very same questions were discussed back then: water and farmland and infrastructure,” Cruser said. “It was an important decision then and I’m glad they made the right decision because we’ve had a lot of years of electricity. This is an important decision not just for Elmore County, but the state and region.”

AEHI CEO and President Don Gillispie said the commission is clearly seeking to balance Elmore County’s rural heritage with its goals for economic development. Gillispie has previously said the county’s comprehensive plan is well-intentioned, but could not have foreseen the possibility of a large-output, carbon-free power plant that would stimulate thousands of jobs.

“As our plans progress, we hope the commission realizes that our proposed plant will serve both rural preservation and economic development,” Gillispie said. “The commission today could have rejected our rezone request outright – to the delight of our opposition – but they instead chose to give it, and their comprehensive plan, further consideration.”

One commissioner noted the comprehensive plan apparently limits industrial growth “only” to a small zone in the north of the county. But the area has no water or services and a questionable ability to support the heavy industry that can provide reliable, well-paying jobs for county residents; there is little land available for sale at that location as well. The commission voted Monday to ask its advisory Planning and Zoning commission to clarify if heavy industry may be developed in other areas of the county.

“The comprehensive plan says we want to try and encourage new business in the county, that’s the general feeling, but the word ‘only’ is an issue,” said Commissioner Arlie Shaw.

“This is too important of an issue to decide on one word in the comprehensive plan,” Cruser said. “We knew things would come up and you can’t foresee everything” in a comprehensive plan. The AEHI application “is not in conflict with the comp plan in every area and I would like to see it go back to P and Z.”

Commission Chairman Larry Rose made the motion for the Planning and Zoning commission to consider to what extent the comp plan may need to be changed to reflect the best interests of the county with regard to industrial development.

“The comprehensive plan is only a plan [guide line for the county]. It obviously can and should be changed as time goes along,” Rose said. The AEHI proposal “really doesn’t fit with anything that was brought up in the meetings” to create the comp plan.

The Commission also directed the Planning and Zoning Commission to work with AEHI on drafting a development agreement. The agreement would state the general conditions under which the land may be used if rezoned. If it turns out the nuclear plant isn’t built, the development agreement will specify the land would revert to agricultural zoning. AEHI initially submitted a development agreement to do that, but withdrew it when it was discovered the county’s guidance was in conflict with state law regarding the time frame. The company agreed to resubmit as is when the time frame conflict was resolved.

In other AEHI news, on June 5, the company announced it signed an agreement with Source Capital Group Inc. to raise money for the project. The funds will cover land, water rights and engineering services to obtain Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval to construct and operate an advanced nuclear plant in Elmore County, Idaho, estimated to total some $70 million. Every company that has undertaken the NRC application process has successfully completed it and received a construction/operation license.

The Elmore County Commission in April heard more than four hours of testimony in favor of AEHI’s request to rezone land for the plant, with over 500 supporters packing the hearing room.

About Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. (www.alternateenergyholdings.com)

Alternate Energy Holdings develops and markets innovative clean energy sources.  Current projects include the Idaho Energy Complex (an advanced nuclear plant and bio-fuel generation facility), Energy Neutral which removes energy demands from homes and businesses (www.energyneutralinc.com), Colorado Energy Park(nuclear and solar generating plants) and International Reactors, Inc., which assists developing countries with nuclear reactors for power generation, production of potable water and other suitable applications.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Sections 27A & 21E of the amended Securities and Exchange Acts of 1933-34,which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  Although AEHI believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, there can be no    assurance that these statements included in this press release will prove accurate.

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Idaho ranks near bottom of Western states preparing to add generation capacity May 26, 2009

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We sent out this news release this morning. As the only company proposing to build a baseload power plant in Idaho, we understand the urgency for more power generation.

Idaho ranks near bottom of Western states preparing to add generation capacity

Study of federal statistics shows Idaho will add just 412 megawatts by 2011, well below numbers for other states

May 26, 2009

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Martin Johncox, 208-658-9100
Jennie Ransom, 208-939-9311
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Idaho is ill-prepared to face its future energy needs, according to a study of proposed power plants compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Agency (USEIA).

Between 2008 and 2012, Idaho is scheduled to bring on line 412 megawatts of energy, mostly from natural gas, putting it third from the bottom among the 11 Western states. Idaho’s doing a bit better, however: last year, Idaho ranked dead last among the Western states. This year, some proposed natural gas facilities pushed Idaho’s ranking beyond that of Utah and Montana, which have seen some projects cancelled.

California is the most energy-ambitious state, with 10,416 MW of power proposed to be developed by 2012, followed by Colorado at 2,289 MW. Already, Idaho imports half its electricity, mostly from coal-burning plants in Wyoming and Nevada.

Don Gillispie, president and CEO of Alternate Energy Holdings Inc., praised the state’s efforts to put a higher priority on energy generation. AEHI is seeking to build an advanced nuclear reactor in Elmore County These. Gillispie pointed to the Idaho Department of Commerce hiring a person to work full-time on promoting energy generation in the state and Gov. Otter establishing an Office of Energy Policy directly under him as signs that Idaho leaders take energy development seriously.

Nevertheless, Gillispie said the low ranking shows Idaho needs to start planning seriously for its energy future. Gillispie noted his plant is the only large base-load plant currently proposed for Idaho. At the same time, the USEIA forecasts energy demand in the U.S. will grow by 42 percent by 2030. In late 2007, two major employers announced they were bypassing southern Idaho because utilities couldn’t provide them with enough electricity and Hoku Materials has been having trouble finding sufficient energy for its polysilicon facility near Pocatello.

“Idaho has about 1,100 megawatts of in-state generating capacity and it took us nearly a century to build it up,” Gillispie said. “If we’re going to provide for our future energy needs, we’ve really got to get on the ball and start adding capacity.”

The AEHI reactor, proposed for Elmore County, isn’t included in USEIA listings because it’s still in the preliminary stages and the plant will start generating electricity in 2016 at the soonest. Gillispie has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of his intent to build a reactor.

Gillispie also said much of the power expected to be produced in Idaho in the USEIA report could be sold out-of-state. For example, the Goshen II wind farm, recently approved for construction in Bonneville County, has already agreed to sell its wind to Southern California utilities for the next 20 years. Gillispie has consistently pledged to offer electricity from his proposed plant to Idaho utilities. Gillispie also said his proposed plant, the Idaho Energy Complex, could power all the homes in Idaho three times over, meaning there will be plenty of electricity to meet in-state needs and also to sell to neighboring states.

“Our opponents are concerned our power may be sold out-of-state but looking at the current trend, it’s much more likely we will be forced to import even more of our power, paying increased transmission and production costs to out-of-state utilities,” Gillispie said. “More than ever, we need the reliable, non-polluting, high-volume energy that nuclear produces.”

According to the USEIA figures, the 11 Western states are scheduled to bring on line nearly 22,000 MW of power between 2008 and 2012, up from 20,000 MW between 2007 and 2011; most of the energy will come from natural gas. A megawatt is enough energy to power about 850 homes (fewer in times of high demand and more in times of lower demand), not counting agriculture, industry or commerce.

Idaho imports half its energy, while California imports just 22 percent of its energy. Much of Idaho’s imported energy comes from coal plants in Wyoming and Nevada owned by Idaho Power. Idaho gets about 1 percent of its electricity from the nuclear Hanford Generating Station in Washington.

Idaho looks a little better on a per-capita basis, adding about 294 watts per person between 2008 and 2012, based on a current population of 1.4 million. By comparison, California will be adding about 274 watts per person during that time, based on a current population of 38 million.

Idahoans use more electricity, however. On a per-capita basis, Idahoans in 2003 used 15,510 kilowatt-hours (12th highest in the nation and second among Western states), compared to 6,732 kWh per person in California (lowest in the nation); see www.energy.ca.gov/electricity/us_percapita_electricity_2003.html. Idaho has a high concentration of agriculture and computer hardware manufacturing, which demand large amounts of electricity.

Gillispie and other analysts said the power supply operates on a regional basis. The more regional supply increases relative to demand, the more downward pressure there will be on prices. So, even if an energy plant exports electricity across state lines, that will increase regional supply and help keep prices lower.

ABOUT THE IDAHO ENERGY COMPLEX: The Idaho Energy Complex (www.alternateenergyholdings.com) will be a large advanced nuclear reactor with low cooling water requirements located about 65 miles southeast of Boise, in Elmore County. The Elmore County Commission is expected to decide in June or July on an application from the company to rezone land for the reactor

Current table: Megawatts of electrical generation planned by year for each Western state,2008-2012

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

TOTAL
California

1,250

2,275

1,681

1,737

3,473

10,416

Nevada

1,626

0

28

635

0

2,289

Washington

1,140

539

54

0

0

1,733

Arizona

249

495

0

615

280

1,639

Colorado

294

1,108

0

0

0

1,402

Wyoming

573

1

90

390

320

1,374

Oregon

385

102

0

584

0

1,071

New Mexico

860

110

0

0

0

970

Idaho

262

128

4

18

0

412

Montana

0

121

150

70

0

341

Utah

54

0

20

0

0

74

Previous table: Megawatts of electrical generation planned by year for each Western state, 2007-2011

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

TOTAL
California

1,533

358

1,724

1,350

1,377

6,342

Colorado

1,189

271

1,459

0

0

2,919

Nevada

135

1,571

0

28

658

2,392

Washington

448

862

0

310

339

1,949

New Mexico

110

1,356

0

0

0

1,466

Oregon

836

584

0

0

0

1,420

Wyoming

90

0

0

440

710

1,240

Arizona

0

249

630

0

0

879

Utah

579

30

0

120

0

729

Montana

2

500

91

0

0

593

Idaho

146

191

0

0

0

337

Source: United States Energy Information Agency table at www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epa/planned_capacity_state.xls released Jan. 29, 2009

Thanks to the hundreds who came to support jobs, agriculture and clean energy last night April 24, 2009

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To the hundreds of people who came out to support us at the Elmore County Commission hearing, thank you all so much. The commissioners have a difficult task but you helped them understand that our proposed rezone will allow Idaho to have a dependable jobs and power for farms, industry, homes and commerce. Below is a news release we have distributed about it.

Elmore County Commission to decide on nuclear plant rezone
Hundreds turn out to support proposal to rezone 1,300 acres for nuclear plant that would create thousands of jobs

April 23, 2009
For more information, contact:
Jennie Ransom, AEHI spokeswoman 208-939-9311
Martin Johncox, 208-658-9100

Hundreds of people packed a hearing room Wednesday night to show their support of a proposal to rezone 1,300 acres of land for a power plant. The Elmore County Commission will discuss and decide the rezone at a future hearing, which hasn’t yet been announced.

The commission heard four hours of testimony from than 36 supporters and 32 opponents of the rezone. Alternate Energy Holdings Inc., which is proposing to build a nuclear plant at the site, submitted an additional 240 signatures in support of the rezone Wednesday night, bringing total signatures in support to 1,600, about half of them from Elmore County.

The meeting was held at the Mountain Home Junior High School and more than 400 people showed up to an AEHI-sponsored table on the sidewalk by the school to submit resumes and letters of interest about jobs; most of these people also went to the county commission hearing to emphasize the need for economic development. AEHI is committed to hiring locally and wanted to collect worker information now due to the need to phase in workers over a number of years. Company officials have said the high number of former and current military personnel in Elmore County make it an ideal place for finding prospective employees, who must have clean backgrounds.

Supporters said the rezone is a private property and jobs issue, while opponents said the landowner shouldn’t be entitled to rezone his land. Opponents, including several farmers who live next to the property, repeatedly referred to the property as “our farm land” said they would like to farm it themselves (although they did not buy it when it was for sale recently), which couldn’t happen if it were rezoned. Gillispie pointed out the nuclear plant would have a footprint of only 200 acres, leaving most of the remaining 1,100 acres for farming.

The company’s 2007 economic study, based on other American nuclear plants, calculated AEHI’s proposed plant would grow employment in Elmore and Owyhee counties by 25 percent and generate 4,230 jobs statewide during construction, including a total annual payroll impact of $839 million. It would also generate 1,004 annual jobs statewide during operation during its 60-year lifespan, with an annual statewide payroll impact of $57 million. Average annual wages would be $80,000 for plant employees and $33,536 in industries indirectly affected. Total annual labor income impacts in Owyhee and Elmore counties during operation would be $52.3 million. Opponents also said the company’s claims about job creation were part of a “marketing plan” but did not provide any evidence to refute the company’s job analysis. Some opponents discounted the depth of the economic crisis facing the nation and state and the need for additional non-agricultural jobs in Elmore County.

Supporters noted the nuclear plant would emit no odor, smoke, dust or noise. Gillisipie’s PowerPoint showed photos of nuclear plants with cows and farm fields next to them, but opponents avoided mention of these photos. Supporter also noted the Boise area has had to turn away major employers because of lack of energy, arguing that rezoning the land would be in the county’s interest.

The Idaho Energy Complex (www.idahoenergycomplex.com) will be a large advanced nuclear reactor with low cooling water requirements located about 65 miles southeast of Boise, in Elmore County. Company officials plan to submit a Combined Operating License Application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2010. The approval process is expected to take three years and cost $80 million. Construction could begin as soon as late 2012 and finish with power generation beginning in late 2016.

Information: http://www.energyforelmore.com and http://www.cleanidahoenergy.wordpress.com

Idaho’s leading business organization endorses Elmore County nuclear plant December 17, 2008

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The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, representing 300 businesses and employers in Idaho, has endorsed the Idaho Energy Complex and urged local officials in Elmore County to approve our request to rezone land for the 1,600-megawatt nuclear plant.

“Elmore County and the State of Idaho must focus on a diverse mix of resources in our energy infrastructure,” states the letter. “Nuclear energy should be a part of that equation, as it bring a safe and clean alternative to Idaho’s base load along with significant economic opportunities for Idahoans to secure high-paying jobs.”

Needless to say, I am pleased at the endorsement. IACI is the voice of business in Idaho and has consistently taken positions that advance the economic interests of Idahoans and the businesses that employ them. We look forward to becoming one of Idaho’s major employers and furthering our relationship with IACI as we develop our plant.

The endorsement contributes to the increasing marginalization of opponents such as the Snake River Alliance. Both presidential candidates, Idaho’s governor, most legislators, the entire Congressional delegation and but one Idaho congressional candidate (Pro-Life) support nuclear energy.

Anti-nuke groups are finding themselves more and more on the fringe economically, politically and scientifically. Our opponents suggest we should put all our eggs in the renewable basket, but extremist policy and over-the-top rhetoric aren’t going to provide the jobs and energy Idaho and our nation desperately need. Until the Snake River Alliance comes up with a plan to put people to work, they should heed IACI’s advice.

AEHI honored for philanthropy December 12, 2008

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I am pleased to announce that Operation Warm Heart, a charity that helps military families and other people in Elmore County, has honored Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. for its support.

The award, presented by 366th Fighter Wing Master Sergeant Jeff Waters, is the second year the charity has honored AEHI for its financial support.

Serving our nation imposes great sacrifice on military personnel, their families and communities and it’€™s good to know Operation Warm Heart is there to assist them. Our military is there for us when we need them and Operation Warm Heart is there for our military families.

The award was presented Dec. 6 at a celebration Silver Crest Retirement Community in Nampa. Also attending were 366th Wing Commander Col. James Browne, Support Group Commander Col. Jeff Maxwell, Operations Group Commender Col. James McGovern, Chief Master Sergeant Ron McCarthy and Nampa Mayor Tom Dale.

Operation Warm Heart is a non-profit organization that provides year-‘round food, blankets, clothing, volunteer, Christmas toys, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, housing assistance, and other assistance to needy military personnel, their families and members of the public. Volunteers will deliver about 700 holiday food baskets this year. For more information, call 828-6596. If you are looking for a charity to support this year I would strongly encourage you to consider Operation Warm Heart.

Obama appoints pro-nuke December 6, 2008

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in approval process, balanced approach, Barack Obama, Energy policy, national security, nuclear industry, Politics and nuclear, Uncategorized, Wall Street Journal.
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Because of his relative lack of experience, Barack Obama is largely an unknown. However, I applaud his pick for National Security Advisor: James Jones, a retired Marine general.

What does the National Security Advisor have to do with nuclear energy? Jones advocates a comprehensive overhaul to U.S. energy policy in the name of national defense. In this case, I have to say Obama truly “gets it.” A stable, reliable and affordable supply of energy is key to our national security. Jones also comes with solid business credentials, having been president and CEO of the Institue for 21st Century Energy, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this group last month published a detailed set of recommendations on energy policy, written as a memorandum to Obama.

The policy recommendations cover a broad swath, including support for clean technologies, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as further investments in climate science. In the transition paper, Jones says “our country urgently requires a balanced and enduring strategy to meet our growing needs. America stands at a defining moment where the decisions made today will influence the economic prosperity, global competitiveness, and national security of future generations.”

The plan argues for increased domestic oil and gas drilling, a commitment to so-called clean-coal technology and increased use of nuclear energy. It also calls for an upgrade to the U.S. power grid electricity distribution network.

Exactly right December 4, 2008

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in AEHI, national security, nuclear industry, renewable energy, rural nuclear, Uncategorized, Water policy.
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Sometimes, newspapers get it right. This editorial from the Colorado Springs Gazette hits the nail on the head about our venture there. I hope Idaho newspapers will also rise to the occasion.

An excerpt:

In Colorado, construction of a simple underground water pipeline can involve years of obstruction by environmentalists and political opportunists, so one can only imagine what Colorado activists might do to stop a nuclear power plant. Even though Colorado Energy Park hasn’t moved beyond the idea stage, Boulder environmental activist Leslie Glustrom told the Denver Post that it would face “fierce opposition,” because of the nuclear power aspect of the plan. The fierce opposition should be met with fierce opposition, courtesy of citizens who’ve grown tired of irrational fears about nuclear power standing in the way of this country progressing into the future with an obvious source for clean, sustainable power. We have the land, the resources and the wealth to address our country’s future energy needs in a way that doesn’t produce greenhouse gases. We just need to minimize needless artificial barriers to success, and we can start in our own backyard.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.