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How do international trade agreements impact Idaho's energy and electricity sector?

How do international trade agreements impact Idaho's energy and electricity sector?  

Idaho, like many other states, believes that international trade agreements have the potential to promote local economic growth.  But Idaho has concerns about how trade agreements may impact state sovereignty and state energy policy in particular.  

Idaho for the past several years has expressed to the U.S. Trade representative its concerns about potential conflicts that might arise under the GATS, the General Agreement on Trade in Services, in terms of Idaho's energy policy that protects the state's low-cost hydro-electricity base and promotes the development of renewable energy projects to help meet future needs.

What are the options for improved federal consultation with states?

Again, advocacy by governors to ensure that the concerns of home-state industries are heard in Washington could be far more effective if 2009 trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation or some similar act of Congress mandated more extensive state-federal consultation on trade policy issues.  

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