Developers of renewable, small-power projects are entitled to a rate – now about $61 per megawatt-hour – published by the commission under the requirements of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, or PURPA. The federal act requires electric utilities to offer to buy power from qualifying small producers of renewable energy. The published rate to be paid developers is called an “avoided-cost rate” – equal to the cost the utility avoids if it would have had to generate the power itself or purchase it from another source.
In a related case, Magic Wind is one of a number of wind projects that may be affected by the outcome of a complaint filed by Cassia Wind regarding which parties are responsible to fund upgrades to Idaho Power’s transmission system. That case, IPC-E-06-21, is still open.
The anticipated completion date for the Magic Wind project is Dec. 31, 2007.
Those wishing to submit comments must do so by no later than Dec. 7. Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the commission’s homepage at www.puc.idaho.gov and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (IPC-E-06-26) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.
A full text of the commission’s order, along with other documents related to this case, are available on the commission’s Web site. Click on “File Room” and then on “Electric Cases” and scroll down to the above case number.