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What’s Up at the Idaho PUC

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Here’s a 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 has filed its required quarterly report with the PUC to account for its Jim Bridger coal plant units 1 & 2 anti-pollution investments. Idaho Power says its coal plant investments are being made on time and below cost. The Snake River Alliance and other clean-energy advocates opposed these investments on grounds the coal units should be retired rather than revived for one or more decades. The costs of these investments, last estimated at about $130 million for Idaho Power customers’ share of the upgrades, have yet to be included in Idaho Power customer rates, but will be soon. Idaho Power and its Jim Bridger coal plant partner, PacifiCorp, will soon decide whether to make similar investments in two other Bridger coal plan units, Bridger 1 and 2, and the Alliance is on record as opposing those upgrades to these dirty coal plants as well.
  • 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. 

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