Idaho Power proposes cutting programs to cut demand during peak power periods

Idaho Power want to suspend its popular A/C Cool Credit and Irrigation Peak Rewards programs because it says it has more than enough capacity to meet its needs.

By ending the programs designed to help reduce power demand during peak use periods temporarily, the investor-owned utility says it will save money for its customers. Instead it will run its coal plants, its natural gas plant on top of its hydro dams to meet the demand the two programs were preventing.

The savings will come, Idaho Power says, because it won’t have to pay for the expenses for the program that customers pay for, which it says are higher than the generation plants, which its stockholders get a guaranteed rate of return to operate.

Idaho Power’s stockholders don’t make money on what it calls demand response and energy efficiency programs. So it has an incentive beyond just saving customers money.

So like most regulated utilities that generate their own power, it cuts these programs first if the Idaho Public Utilities Commission approves. Commissions have in the past encouraged these kind of programs over the long haul as a way to prevent added generation costs long term.

Idaho Power hasn’t decided what to do after 2013.

“We appreciate our customers’ involvement and participation in these programs, and value their business now and in the future,” said Customer Relations and Energy Efficiency Manager Theresa Drake.

The A/C Cool Credit program provides residential customers who participate in the program with a monthly bill credit of $7 per month in the summer in exchange for allowing Idaho Power to cycle their air-conditioning units off and on during periods of high system demand during the summer months of June, July and August.

The Irrigation Peak Rewards program provides irrigation customers who participate in the program with a financial incentive for allowing Idaho Power to turn off their irrigation pumps during periods of high system demand during the summer months of June, July and August.

Considering the box they installed...

broke many of the AC units. It is not surprising that tall of a sudden Idaho POwer thinks this is a bad idea and not cost effective.

Many people removed the box they had installed because it would cause the capacitor to go out on some AC units. Typically a 150+ dollars for the home owner to repair.

Way to go Idaho Power. I am guessing that some time in March or April you will go to the IPCU and request another rate hike to help offset costs associated with providing this power during the high demand periods.

Idaho Power is criminal!

Whatever you do

Don't let facts get in the way of a good lie. Maybe if you spout your hatred loud enough, somebody will eventually believe you.

It's still not great that my gas heater costs less.

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Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

I've been involved with A/C cool credit since day one,

and never had a problem. Never heard of anybody else that did, either. But they'll always be haters and liars on here spouting un-truths....Sunny...

Ditto...

...what he said.

Me either

I've had a cool credit box installed too-we've never had an issue, which is surprising since our a/c unit is almost as old as I am.

I really wish they'd stick to clean electric though-stick with the hydro electric, Idaho Power!

I expect the real reason

is that now that they have the new Langley Gulch plant up, they'd rather charge the rates people have when they bump into a new pricing tier rather than use these programs to stay below it.

You 'expect' wrong...

Read the PUC filing...
The Demand Response costs are sunk costs that are not being utilized for capacity, so the irrigators and A/C users are being paid for nothing. Kinda like farmers that are paid not to farm. Where's the logic there?

I'm still paying $80-100/month to do laundry at 3 am...so?

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Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

Unplug your computer...

Maybe all your power consumption that you blame on your laundry can be attributed elsewhere...

Go away you thug.

I slept in most of yesterday anyway.

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Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

Follow the money

Whoever said that Idaho Power would want anything that would be in the best interests of the public? They are in it to make MONEY. PERIOD

Me either

wrong place...