28 Sep '12, 7pm

Idaho Utility and Wind Power Generators Still Battling Over Wind Energy Curtailment

Idaho Utility and Wind Power Generators Still Battling Over Wind Energy Curtailment

“FERC’s order is contrary to the public interest of the citizens of the State of Idaho, and harmful to Idaho Power’s customers. The order addresses open issues that are before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for determination. The company is preparing to challenge the order as part of our commitment to providing safe, reliable, and fair-priced electricity and service to our customers,” said Idaho Power spokesman Brad Bowlin, in a statement . In proposing its “Schedule 74” tariff to the Idaho regulator, Idaho Power contended that Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) should allow them to halt the otherwise contractually required electricity purchases during periods of light load, such as during the night in the spring and fall. The utility said the requirement to buy from wind farms even during times of light demand forces them to back down other energy gen...

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