Case No. IPC-E-05-23

September 8, 2005

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339 office, 841-1107 cell




Commission OKs sales from Twin Falls hydro project to Idaho Power


Boise – State regulators today approved a 20-year sales agreement between Idaho Power and Twin Falls Energy Company, Inc., owners of a 2.5-megawatt hydroelectric project.


Under the agreement approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, Twin Falls will sell Idaho Power electric energy generated by the Low Line Midway Hydroelectric Project in Twin Falls County. The plant is scheduled to be in operation by April 1, 2007.


The project will qualify as a small power production facility under the provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). Congress passed PURPA during the energy crisis of the late 1970s. Its purpose is to encourage development of renewable energy technologies as alternatives to burning fossil fuels or constructing new power plants. The federal act requires electric utilities to buy power produced by small power producers or cogenerators who obtain Qualifying Facility (QF) status. The rate to be paid to project developers is to be equal to the cost the electric utility avoids if it would have had to generate the power itself or purchase it from another source.


A full text of the commission’s order, along with other documents related to this case, are available on the commission’s Web site at Click on “File Room” and then on “Electric Cases” and scroll down to Case No. IPC-E-05-23.