Oregon and Idaho PUCs Issue Contradictory Orders on the Idaho Power Gas Price Forecasts

On May 16, 2018, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (Idaho Commission) rejected Idaho Power Company’s (Idaho Power) proposal to use a low natural gas forecast as the basis to set avoided cost rates paid to qualifying facilities (QFs). On May 23, 2018, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Oregon Commission) reached the opposite conclusion and allowed Idaho Power to use the same low natural gas price forecast. In Idaho, Idaho Power was required to use a more business as usual gas price forecast, which predicts higher natural gas prices and results in higher prices paid to QFs.   [Read more…]

Idaho PUC Re-affirms Two Year Contract Terms

On December 13, 2016, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (Idaho Commission) issued an order approving a request by Idaho Power Company (Idaho Power) to affirm two-year contract terms and low capacity payments for larger qualifying facilities (QFs). The order applies to wind and solar QFs above 100 kilowatts and all other QFs above 10 megawatts (MW).   [Read more…]