Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. IPC-E-10-37, Order No. 32134

December 13, 2010

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



Idaho Power proposes agreement with small hydro project


The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is taking comments through Dec. 29 on an application by Idaho Power Company to enter into a 10-year sales agreement with the Sahko Hydro Project near Filer. The 0.5 megawatt project is owned by J.M. Miller Enterprises based in Ann Arbor, Mich.


The project is already selling energy, but under a different tariff schedule. This proposed sales agreement is a PURPA agreement.  The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 requires electric utilities to offer to buy power produced by qualifying small-power producers or co-generators. The rate to be paid project developers, called an “avoided cost rate,” is to be equal to the cost the electric utility avoids if it would have had to generate the power itself or purchase it from another source.


The commission plans to handle this request in a modified procedure that uses written comments rather than conducting a hearing, unless customer comments can demonstrate a need for a public hearing. Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the commission’s homepage at and clicking on "Comments & Questions About a Case." Fill in the case number (IPC-E-10-37) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.


A full text of the commission’s order, along with other documents related to this case, is available on the commission’s Web site at Click on “File Room” and then on “Electric Cases” and scroll down to the above case number.