Idaho Power Seeks to Buy Wind from Eastern Oregon Wind Farm

Idaho Power Company’s application to enter into a sales agreement to purchase 100 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from an eastern Oregon wind farm owned by Houston-based Telocaset Wind Power Producers LLC is open for comment through February 22.

The 20-year sales agreement, including an option for Idaho Power to extend another 10 years, starts at a base rate of $48 per megawatt-hour (MWh) with an annual escalation rate of 3 percent. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission must approve the agreement. The agreement, which has provisions similar to those with small wind projects that penalize Telocaset if output does not meet projections, provides that Telocaset will deliver detailed forecasting data, including forecasts of energy to be delivered during the next hour, day and week. The data will assist Idaho Power to integrate the wind power into the utility’s resource supply mix. The project is expected to be operating by the end of this year. Idaho Power proposes to pass on its costs for the project to customers through the annual Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) process each spring. Telocaset’s wind farm is in eastern Oregon’s Union County near North Powder. Energy will be delivered to a point on the La Grande-Brownlee 230 kV transmission line. Those wishing to submit comments to the commission must do so by no later than Feb. 22. Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the PUC’s homepage at the link below and clicking on Comments & Questions. Fill in the case number (IPC-E-06-31) to enter your comments.
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