Miller calls Idaho Power PURPA plan extreme and radical

Former Public Utilities Commissioner Joe Miller called Idaho’s Power’s renewable energy proposals “extreme and radical” aimed at “crippling future development and punishing existing power producers.”

Miller, who represents Ridgeline Energy, a wind farm owner, said proposals to transfer renewable energy credits, curtail existing wind power and to reduce contract lengths from 20 to five years would stop future development and hurt the financial viability of current projects. Regrettably he said the PUC’s own staff signed on.

Kristine Sasser, an assistant attorney general who is a part of the PUC staff, responded that the commission has the authority to carry out most of what Idaho Power proposed. She said the state is not required to ensure that renewable projects are financially viable.

Sasser said the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act has its place as long as the power is needed and it is priced fairly.

Idaho Power attorney Donovan Walker said the oversupply of wind power it was forced to buy since 2010 will cost its customers tens of millions of dollars over the next few years they would otherwise not have to pay.

The other two utilities wrapped up the three-day hearing saying the main issue is fixing the method of pricing PURPA power. But Walker called on the PUC to be “courageous” and reform the system of carrying out the federal law as Idaho Power has proposed.

“We believe we have proposed very reasoned and rational proposals,” Walker said.

Another Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

Since the Otter appointed PUC will no doubt bend over backwards to kiss Idaho Power's transformers, at the expense of crippling renewable energy in Idaho, you can bet your tax return that they will go too far and violate federal law thus opening up the state, once again, for another round of expensive litigation. But it's ok, it's not their money.

Renewable energy needs to be crippled

Just how much of these projects are you willing to subsidize? Without extensive subsidies, renewable energy wouldn't exist.

Renewable Power is Economically Viable, on a Level Field

Renewable energy is very viable, on a level playing field.

The problem is that the playing field is not level.

We subsidize oil heavily, both directly and indirectly.

We provide an overwhelming subsidy for nuclear, in socializing its risks.

We structure real property laws to permit coal excavation.

I will speak only to wind, because I had a wind turbine development company and did the math myself. Done properly, and not every developer does that, but many do, wind is very viable economically.

Considering the 100's of billions we spend to subsidize oil

security in the Middle East, imagine what the price of oil would be if we didn't do that with tax dollars.
This is small potatoes and local.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Subsidies are in the eye of the beholder

Nuclear power was developed by the US Government and its adoption for use was heavily subsidized by the AEC. The protection of US private companies oil supplies are heavily subsidized by the placing and intervention of our armed forces in the Middle East. Coal is extracted from Government lands at below market prices. No energy supply would exist without some type of Government subsidy or support.

Subsidies?

If you want to talk subsidies, what about the tax breaks and subisdies enjoyed by the oil industry, which is now making greater profits than at any time in corporate history?

PUC

The PUC works for Idaho Power don't they? They sure don't work for the public.

Are you guys done now?

Sheesh.

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Credible Source

Let see, a "former" commissioner...now a hired gun for the wind industry stumps against IPCo...amazing. Like I said early...Balance is what the PUC has got to come up with. Maybe the IPCo plan is too lop-sided, but they simply cannot keep buying power at a more expensive rate just because the government says they must...customers will ultimately lose. This kind of government involvement is what draws into question "everything" they embark upon. Does government involvement help in may cases ...sure, but this is...as my grandma use to say...cutting off your nose, despite your face. Wind needs to stand on its own at this point. The Ethanol industry is the same situation...the Federal government ruining the nations fuel supply with their foolish attempt at alternative fuel...spitting in the wind.

Pot meet kettle

Jeff Malman Otter's former (and that's debatable if he's till not)Chief of Staff is in charge of Government Affairs (influence peddling/lobbying) for Idaho Power. Think there is no influence there? Remember also that Idaho Power purchases power from hydroelectric dams built and paid for by the US taxpayers a subsidy in it's own right.

Don't smoke it, don't eat it, don't boil it as well.

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Credible Source

Let see, a "former" commissioner...now a hired gun for the wind industry stumps against IPCo...amazing. Like I said early...Balance is what the PUC has got to come up with. Maybe the IPCo plan is too lop-sided, but they simply cannot keep buying power at a more expensive rate just because the government says they must...customers will ultimately lose. This kind of government involvement is what draws into question "everything" they embark upon. Does government involvement help in may cases ...sure, but this is...as my grandma use to say...cutting off your nose, despite your face. Wind needs to stand on its own at this point. The Ethanol industry is the same situation...the Federal government ruining the nations fuel supply with their foolish attempt at alternative fuel...spitting in the wind.

Typical Idaho. We’ll be

Typical Idaho. We’ll be behind the curve on energy too. We don’t have unlimited resources in this country and either we face that now or the next couple of generations won’t be able to sustain our power-driven lifestyles. We love our big screen TVs, kitchen gadgets and other juice hogs and we expect it to be cheap and easy.

We are already compared to such stellar states as Mississippi on education. Why not put us at the bottom of the list in terms of renewables too? The libertarian values so many leaders in this state hold dear are going to bite us in the (**&^ at some point. And please don’t tell me to move to California. Just because I don’t want to live in the dark ages doesn’t mean I should have to move.

Purpa Rain

Purpa Rain...

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