Wind farm agrees to fund transmission upgrade
With wind farms sprouting all over southern Idaho, newer companies are being required to install more than just turbines. ...The 10 MW will itself be enough to stress Idaho Power's transmission capability. Idaho Power discovered threat of an overload in 2007 when Idaho Winds proposed a slightly smaller project.
December 15, 2010
by Laura Lundquist
in Magic Valley Times-News
With wind farms sprouting all over southern Idaho, newer companies are being required to install more than just turbines.
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved a 20-year contract for Meridian-based Idaho Winds LLC to provide up to 10 megawatts of wind-produced electricity to Idaho Power Co. at rates designated under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.
The Sawtooth Wind project six miles northwest of Glenns Ferry will be capable of producing up to 21 megawatts of electricity. But because wind is not consistent, Idaho Winds can guarantee only an average of 10 MW a month.
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