Idaho Power: Turn off the wind
Idaho Power is asking the commission to approve a policy for managing power from wind projects beyond emergencies. It says it's necessary to manage its system in periods of light demand. The
August 9, 2012
by Rocky Barker
in Idaho Statesman
Idaho Power did not take all of the power produced by a wind plant last spring at times of low power use, an executive testified before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission Tuesday
Tessia Park, Idaho Power director of load-serving operations, acknowledged that the utility curtailed the power from Rockland Wind's turbines for more than 35 hours, which reduced the amount of revenue the wind farm made.
This was done under a provision in federal law that allows the utility to take such steps in times of emergency, when the utility's system is in jeopardy.
The PUC is holding three days of hearings on... [continue via Web link]