Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. IPC-E-09-02, Order No. 30805

May 21, 2009

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712


PUC approves demand reduction contract


The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has approved a five-year agreement between Idaho Power Company and Boston-based EnerNOC to reduce demand from commercial and industrial customers by at least 2 megawatts this year and by at least 50 megawatts in each 2012 and 2013.


EnerNOC, selected in a bid process, will implement and operate the program as it has done for other utilities throughout the country.


According to Idaho Power, the total five-year cost for the program is $12.2 million, varying from about $315,000 this year to about $3.5 million in the fifth year. Costs associated with the program will be recovered from the Energy Efficiency Rider funds.


Commercial and industrial customers who volunteer to participate would be asked to reduce their energy loads for two to four hours during those summer days when demand on Idaho Power’s generation system is at its peak. Participants would receive compensation in exchange for reduced loads.


The commission said Idaho Power has selected a “capable entity with significant experience in negotiating and securing the necessary load reduction agreements.” The commission is satisfied that the agreement contains adequate protection for the company and ratepayers should EnerNOC fail to deliver on its demand reduction requirements.