Case No. IPC-E-06-29

December 26, 2006

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339




Idaho Power seeks approval to buy from Twin Falls sugar plant


Idaho Power Co. is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve a sales agreement with Amalgamated Sugar’s Twin Falls plant.


Under the agreement, Idaho Power would buy up to 3 megawatts of surplus energy generated at the Amalgamted Sugar Company LLC (TASCO) plant in Twin Falls at prices that are less than market-based prices for non-firm energy.


The energy generated from the plant is considered non-firm because it is available only if TASCO does not consume all the electric energy it generates. The surplus energy to be purchased from TASCO is priced at 85 percent of a monthly weighted average market price from the Dow Jones Mid-Columbia trading hub. Setting the purchase price at a discount from market prices, Idaho Power contends, will ensure that when Idaho Power needs energy, the price from the Twin Falls plant will always be more attractive than buying from the wholesale market. When it does not need the TASCO power, Idaho Power should be able to resell the energy at the higher wholesale market price.


The contract is for one-year, replacing a five-year contract. It renews automatically unless terminated by either party, as long as the party complies with the notification requirements in the contract.


The commission is taking public comment on the agreement through Jan. 10, 2007. Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the commission’s homepage at and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (IPC-E-06-29) 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 notice, 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.