Idaho Power, a utility in the State of Idaho, is raising concerns over the impacts of wind generation on electricity costs and grid reliability. The utility ran this advertisement recently in an effort to educate the public on how integration of too much wind can degrade the power system and raise costs.
Documents filed under Energy Policy from Idaho
The Idaho House of Representatives is considering a bill that places a moratorium on "certain industrial wind farms and wind turbines for a time certain and to provide for an update to the Idaho Energy Plan". The full bill can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
The objective of this study is to assess the costs that could be incurred by Idaho Power in modifying its operations at the Hells Canyon Complex for “integrating” or incorporating wind energy onto its system. The intermittent and unpredictable nature of wind generation requires a utility to have generating resources available which can increase or decrease generation on short notice in order to keep the interconnected power system balanced. While hydroelectric power plants are well suited for performing this function, there are operational impacts and costs associated with operating Idaho Power hydroelectric plants in a manner that maintains reliability and facilitates integration of energy from wind generation facilities. The issues surrounding the integration of wind generation on interconnected power systems are numerous and complex. This study provides a first step toward understanding those issues.