Boise -- Idaho Power Co. is seeking regulatory approval to sell its distribution facilities at the Sun Valley Resort to the Sinclair Oil Corporation, which does business as the Sun Valley Company.
With the sale, Sun Valley Company says it will be able to more efficiently operate and manage the facilities within the resort complex. Sun Valley will pay Idaho Power $135,533, which includes an estimated $7,500 to remove the meter and reconfigure the system to a master-meter arrangement between Idaho Power and Sun Valley. Sun Valley intends to recover the cost of electric service provided to tenants in the Sun Valley mall by means of a monthly charge that is included as part of the lease arrangement between Sun Valley and its tenants. Sun Valley states that is has advised all of its affected tenants of the proposed transaction.
Idaho Power is also seeking a waiver of an Idaho Public Utility Commission rule that prohibits utilities from removing individual service meters in shopping centers where the tenants control their own electric space heating or air-conditioning appliances. Sun Valley asserts that within 60 days of the transfer, it will retrofit the individual thermostats for each of its tenants so that each thermostat will be centrally controlled by Sun Valley.
The commission is taking comments through Aug. 23 on Idaho Power's proposal. Comments can be sent via e-mail from the commission's Web site at www.puc.idaho.gov. Click on "Comments and Questions," fill in the case number and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to Idaho Public Utilities Commission, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID, 83720 or FAXed to 208-334-3762.