Wind development in Idaho is all but over but the fight between wind power supporter and Idaho Power goes on via the Internet.
A wind power supporter’s website arguing the case of an Idaho engineer, whose wind development plans were foiled by Idaho Power Co., prompted the company to respond on its own website.
Kiki Tidwell, President, Tidwell Idaho Foundation, posted the story of Brian Jackson, who had signed a contract with Idaho Power before a deadline set by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. But Idaho Power didn’t turn it in until the day after the deadline and the PUC denied him approval of the power purchase agreement he needed to move forward.
Jackson, a former Idaho Power employee, got caught in the utility’s fight against wind developers it said were overwhelming its ability to integrate all of the wind that was coming on the system on 2010. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled in Jackson’s favor but Idaho Power argues he has to renegotiate the contract.
So Idaho Power has responded on its own web site, established to tell its customers how bad wind power is for them.
Tidwell’s web page also target’s Idaho Power’s dependence on coal power wheeled into Idaho for its customers from Wyoming. But Idaho Power ignored her coal comments.