Idaho Power asks PUC to approve energy efficiency programs

Idaho Power Co. has asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to declare its energy efficiency spending prudent so consumers, not stockholders pay for it.

If the commission approves the $42.64 million in expenses, the rates won’t immediately rise. Instead it will count toward the 4 percent Energy Efficiency Rider currently on customer bills.

Seventeen of 20 conservation programs offer customers incentives to use their energy more efficiently. The other three reduce demand on Idaho Power’s grid by shifting energy use to off-peak times of the day.

Idaho Power must show that savings from the programs are greater than the costs. Its energy efficiency programs also must save all customers money, not just participants and it must reduce the need for Idaho Power to build or buy more costly power.

But Idaho Power doesn’t make any money on the deal. It doesn’t have a profit center in saving its consumers money.

During 2011, Idaho Power achieved 179,424 megawatt-hours of energy savings, or enough energy to service more than 12,900 average homes for a year. It came from financial incentives for customers who invest in efficient lighting, in Energy Star products and heating and cooling efficiencies.

The three demand reduction programs, including air conditioner cycling and irrigation load control, provided a total demand reduction of 403 megawatts, a 20 percent increase over 2010 levels, PUC staff said.

$0.237 / kwh?

Unless the vast majority of the energy saved came from demand reduction during peak loads it would appear that it is far more costly for consumers to pay for a kw of energy saved than it is to pay for a kw of energy actually consumed...

It might be more complicated than that

We see two simple numbers. We have no idea what they actually mean. For instance, load shifting can save power at times that it might cost more than that $.23 to buy. Conservation can avoid building new production capacity which raises power costs quite a bit too. I am likely missing a few scenarios that are also more expensive than the simple rate that we currently pay.

Truth is hard to come by

Too bad

you're not an irrigation or industrial user. Their rates are roughly half those of residential rates.

missing a zero

The actual costs are about $0.02/kwh saved, way less than paying for power at any time of year or day.

You otto read your stupid bill sometime...


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power bill is always about $35/mo because I live alone and watch my expenses. Ninety percent of that cost is extraneous fees, surcharges, taxes, etc...
How is it possible to pay more for having the service than it is for using the product?

Maybe FARC would like to get out of the jungle.


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Idaho Power -- always finding another way to make us pay to play

It is innocuous that Idaho Power uses the PUC like an "advisory body" to propose increase costs to consumers. The costs of energy efficiencies should be paid by Idaho Power stakeholders for crying out loud. On one hand we are told to be more energy conscious and to conserve wherever we can to reduce the burden on the power grid and now consumers get shafted for doing so? It is not right … just not right.

Solar Power

If they are really interested in conserving power then someone needs to develop an AFFORDABLE and EFFICIENT residential solar system.

Stop buying Chinese panels then.


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No Consumer Advocate for you

Simplot, Micron and other big power users have a voice at the IPUC negotiating table. There is no one to represent residential customers, and the Idaho legislature insists on keeping it that way.

Micron was a PARTNER in the failing Nampa solar company


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You don't understand the article

but thanks for playing anyway.

You didn't read the main site!

The Chinese drove the venture under with a flood of cheap panels!

They aren't the only ones. Connect.

Do you think Micron wants to do it twice right now?

Think about it, no, RUMINATE.


God, a field of cows with operating systems

and a Canadian

Water/Energy Nexus

Traditional energy efficiency programs (like Idaho Power runs) cost about .25 per kWh saved. Large amounts of energy are embedded in domestic water use, and cutting energy through water efficiency programs runs about .13 per kWh. Check out Idaho Rivers United's new report at

Why would I go to a website? YOU FINISH ANSWERING


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