Idaho utility companies, wind developers come to agreement
To resolve cost issues, the utility commission established an amount that utilities can assess against wind developers to make up for the costs associated with integrating wind into the power grid. The commission also removed a cap on the size of small-power projects that can qualify for a rate published by the commission.
However, the judgment was not easily reached.
In 2005, Idaho Power asked the commission to suspend small-power wind development so it could study how much it costs the company to provide back-up generation when wind output fluctuates.
February 23, 2008
by Joshua Palmer
A nearly three-year dispute between Idaho utility companies and wind developers has been resolved, according to a statement issued by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.
The disagreement, which involved three major cases that argued how much it costs to add wind power to the public utility grid, was resolved through discussions between the Idaho Power Co. and Idaho wind farm developers.
Both Idaho Power and the developers said they were satisfied with the ruling.
"This was really a joint agreement between Idaho Power and our wind farm developers,"said Dennis Lopez, corporate communications specialist with the Idaho Power Co. "It was a discussion... [continue via Web link]