Meanwhile, At the Public Utilities Commission
Friday, September 23, 2016
By Ken Miller
And here’s a fresh look at a few of the cases currently being discussed at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and how they might affect your energy and your wallet:
- Intermountain Gas, which serves most Idaho gas customers, has a pending rate case and a related case that deals with the costs of its fuel – and as a result your bill. Your bottom line on your gas bill will not likely change a lot, but you can take a look at the cases and comment on them at the PUC’s gas case page. In its first rate case since 1985, Intermountain is asking the PUC to approve a rate increase of about $10 million, or 4.06 percent. That increase would be largely offset by a “purchase gas adjustment” request to reduce rates by $17.2 million, or 7.11 percent. According to Intermountain Gas news release:
“If approved, customers using natural gas for space and water hearing will experience an average increase of $2.31 per month, or 4.93 percent; customers using natural gas for space heating only will realize an increase of $1.16 per month, or 3.26 percent.”
- Idaho Power’s community solar filing to the PUC has drawn big interest from the Snake River Alliance and other clean energy advocates, as well as from the City of Boise and Idaho Power’s industrial customers. The case is designed to determine whether Idaho Power customers who cannot otherwise participate in generating their own rooftop solar power can instead invest directly in other solar power generation and have that generation subtracted from their monthly utility bill. Learn more here.