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Idaho PUC approves Idaho Power cost shift

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved an Idaho Power request to shed $105.7 million from its annual power cost adjustment and to place the costs into its permanent base rate. The power cost adjustment reflects Idaho Power’s actual costs of

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Simpson, Labrador support bill that helps out-of-state coal plants

Idaho Republican Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador today supported legislation to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations that could affect Idaho Power’s coal plants in Wyoming and Nevada. The Electricity Security and Affordability Act,

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Idaho PUC urges Idaho Power to collaborate on energy future

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission told Idaho Power this week it expects the utility to “collaborate with stakeholders on how best to use energy efficiency as a resource.” The commission made the statement in an order accepting Idaho Power’s two-year

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Idaho Power plans solar power study and asks for your ideas

Idaho Power Co. is preparing to study the impacts and the costs of integrating larger amounts of solar power into its grid. The utility already has studied the costs and impacts of integrating wind power, which added 600 megawatts of

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Green Power programs grew except at Idaho Power

Despite the economy, electric customers throughout the Northwest were willing to pay more to buy green power. A new report shows 13% more customers signed up for green power programs across more than 60 utilities in the Northwest between 2010

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Idaho delegation urges public comment on Gateway West powerline

The first of nine Idaho hearings begins in Boise Monday on the environmental impact statement for the 1,100-mile, 150-180 foot high-foot-high, 500-kilovolt power line from Glenrock, Wyo., to Murphy to be built by Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power. Idaho’s

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Idaho Power hosts debate over solar future

Solar power won’t be a significant part of Idaho Power’s mix of resources for the next 20 years unless its costs drop, company officials said Thursday. But renewable resource advocates responded that prices are low enough now that customers themselves

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Idaho Power reaches settlement to quit paying to cut peak power use for a year

Idaho Power Co. reached a settlement with irrigators and environmental groups that will allow it to operate its power plants instead of paying customers for using less power during peak periods. The settlement, which still must be approved by the

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