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Four Wind Farm Agreements Approved by Idaho Public Utilities Commission

March 1, 2007

The total combined capacity of the four farms is 138 megawatts (MW). However, actual generation may be lower because, in some cases, Idaho Power will not be obligated to pay for an average monthly power output greater than 10 MW.

The PUC approved the following agreements between February 20 and February 27:

  • A sales agreement between Idaho Power Company and Idaho Winds LLC, which plans to build the Alkali Wind Farm, a wind generation project 6 miles northwest of Glenns Ferry. This project will include 12 turbines expected to be operating by Dec. 31. The maximum output of the project is 18 MW, but Idaho Winds will generate an average monthly power output of no more than 10 MW. Idaho Power can accept energy delivered in excess of that amount but will not be obligated to pay for it. The project is a Qualified Facility (QF) under the provisions of the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) passed by Congress during the energy crisis of the late 1970s. PURPA requires electric utilities to offer to buy power produced by small power producers or cogenerators who obtain QF status.
  • A wind agreement between Idaho Power Company and Houston-based Telocaset Wind Power Producers LLC for 100 MW of wind energy. The agreement requires that Telocaset deliver detailed forecasting data to help Idaho Power integrate wind power into the utility's resource supply mix.
  • Agreements between two Elmore County wind projects and Idaho Power Co. The transactions are with Bennett Creek Windfarm LLC and Hot Springs Windfarm LLC. Glenn Ikemoto of Energy Vision LLC in Piedmont, California, is the developer of both projects. Each project comprises 12 wind turbines. The two projects have a combined capacity of 19.8 MW, but will deliver an average monthly power output of no more than 10 MW. As with the Idaho Winds project, Idaho Power may accept energy delivered in excess of that amount but will not pay for it. Both projects, if approved, are scheduled to be operating by 2008.

Idaho Power Company is a regulated utility owned by IDACORP. The company is involved in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon with an estimated population of 911,000.

For more information, see the PUC February 27 press release.

Source: March 1 story in Renewable Energy Access