in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

PacifiCorp, which does business as Rocky Mountain Power in eastern Idaho, is asking state regulators for a larger discount from the price it must pay wind developers for their generation.

Currently, PacifiCorp discounts $5.10/MWh off the rate it pays some wind developers. The discount is intended to capture PacifiCorp's cost of integrating wind generation into its electrical system.

PacifiCorp is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a discount of $9.90/MWh from the rate it must pay small wind developers who qualify under the provisions of the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

Under PURPA, qualifying generators of small power projects that generate up to 10 MW are paid a rate published by the PUC. That rate, called an avoided-cost rate, is to represent the cost the utility avoids by buying output from the small power project instead of generating the power itself or buying it from another power provider.

PacifiCorp's application does not apply to wind developers who enter into agreements with the utility to deliver output on a firm, hourly basis.

The Idaho PUC plans to handle this request in a modified procedure that uses written comments rather than conducting a hearing, unless customer comments can demonstrate a need for a public hearing.

Comments will be accepted through Oct. 30 and can be submitted via e-mail at puc.idaho.gov and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number PAC-E-09-07.

SOURCE: Idaho Public Utilities Commission


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.


Embryonic No More: U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gaining Momentum

After a decade of fits and starts, the industry is moving closer to installing the first generation of wind projects off the country's shores.


AWEA: U.S. Installs 853 MW Of Wind In First Half Of 2014

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reveals the U.S. industry's progress thus far this year and underscores the importance of policy certainty.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Tower Conference_id1965