Idaho Public Utilities Commission gives Idaho Power Co. room to negotiate
Given the fact that, in 2012, Idahoans are on the hook to pay $65 per megawatt-hour for wind power under those non-negotiated rates, when they could be paying $24 for power on the open market, that's a logical conclusion.
We live in a region with reliable, relatively clean, inexpensive hydro power that last year accounted for 63 percent of Idaho Power's output.
August 6, 2012
in Idaho Press-Tribune
Score one for the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The three-member panel found a way to allow Idaho Power to negotiate reasonable contracts with alternative energy producers while still following federal law.
On March 21, the PUC denied Idaho Power's request to avoid the requirement to buy renewable energy under the Public Utility Regulatory Polices Act, passed in 1978 by Congress. That law was intended to promote greater use of renewable domestic energy by giving small producers access to the electricity market.
Small wind producers have capitalized on this, and Idaho Power has been obligated to accept them. But the company hasn't been... [continue via Web link]