Future of renewable energy now up to Idaho PUC
Idaho Power Attorney Donovan Walker called on the PUC to be "courageous" and restructure Idaho's entire system for carrying out PURPA. The utility also wants the commission to shorten the length of PURPA contracts, from 20 years to five.
August 12, 2012
by Rocky Barker
in Idaho Statesman
The commission curtailed alternative power contracts in Idaho once before in 1997.
Even attorneys for wind developers agreed this week that Idaho Power customers have been paying too much for renewable energy since about 2010.
That's because the method for determining the cost Idaho Power must pay under federal law did not accurately account for the record-low price of natural gas.
But that was perhaps the only thing attorneys for the utility industry and developers of wind, solar, biofuel and... [continue via Web link]