The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has approved the sale of Idaho Power Co. 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 electric operations within the Sun Valley mall complex.
Sun Valley will pay Idaho Power $135,533, which includes an estimated $7,500 to remove the meters 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 19 tenants. Sun Valley has advised all of its affected tenants of the proposed transaction.
Idaho Power was also granted a waiver of a 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 19 tenants in the complex, although no longer receiving historic usage data on their monthly bills, will have an indirect incentive to be conscious of their use because the cost of electricity will affect their lease rates.
A copy of the commission’s final order and other documents related to this case are available on the commission's Web site at www.puc.idaho.gov. Click on "File Room" in the upper-left hand corner, then click on “Electric Cases,” and scroll down to Case No. IPC-E-05-16.