in News Departments > FYI
print the content item

Idaho Power, an electricity generator and distributor, has submitted to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) a report outlining the operational impacts associated with integrating intermittent supplies of energy produced at wind power projects with supplies produced by Idaho Power's generation.

The report was prepared with EnerNex Corp., a private wind energy consulting firm based in Knoxville, Tenn. The results of the study indicate that Idaho Power sustains an increased cost by using the company's hydro system as a backup for the integration of wind generation. To offset a portion of these additional costs, the company proposes to pay wind developers $10.72 per MWh less than the current average rate of approximately $64 per MWh for projects coming online in 2008.

In an accompanying IPUC filing, Idaho Power proposed that the commission increase the size of wind projects that qualify for published avoided cost rates under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). The filing seeks to increase the size from 100 kW to 10,000 average kW (10 average MW) - the same level that is applicable to other PURPA resources - and to decrease the avoided cost rate paid to wind developers by the amount identified in the study for integration costs.

The filing includes a request for the establishment of rules to prevent wind developments larger than 10 MW from artificially restructuring into smaller projects to qualify for the published avoided cost rate designed for projects 10 average MW and smaller, and a request that the rate structure for PURPA qualifying facilities be revised to reflect the difference in value between electricity produced during heavy load hours and light load hours.


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill With Wind PTC Extension

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House earlier this month, will renew the critical production tax credit through the end of 2014 - giving developers only about two weeks left to start construction.


Transmission Study Shows Nebraska Could Handle A Lot More Wind Power

A new report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board finds that the state already has enough infrastructure to accommodate at least 2 GW of additional wind generation.


Can Wind Energy And Birds Coexist? Environmental Group Says Yes

The Environmental Defense Fund, a supporter of responsible wind energy development, points out ways to help mitigate impacts of turbines on birds and bats.


Another Study Finds Wind Turbines Do Not Affect Nearby Property Values

Research conducted by the University of Guelph focused on regions in Ontario, and the conclusion echoes that of previous studies.


Too Little, Too Late? U.S. House Approves Wind PTC Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that would renew the wind production tax credit (PTC) and about 50 other expired tax breaks through 2014. The wind industry argues the short-term fix is virtually no fix at all.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015