Utility, community action group seek renewal of weatherization program
Idaho Power Co. and the Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho (CAPAI) are asking state regulators for authority to continue a weatherization assistance program for low-income customers and buildings occupied by non-profit organizations.
After Idaho Power’s 2004 rate case, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved a request by CAPAI to increase the annual investment for weatherization from $200,000 to $1.2 million for the years 2004 to 2007. The commission said it would consider renewal of the Weatherization Assistance for Qualified Customers (WAQC) program in 2007 after reviewing reports of the program’s progress. Costs for the program are included in base rates paid by Idaho Power customers.
According to annual reports filed by Idaho Power, weatherization projects completed during the three years were 264 in 2004, 570 in 2005 and 540 in 2006. Total energy savings as a result of the weatherization projects was about 7.5 million kilowatt-hours.
The commission will take public comment on the matter through May 17. 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-07-09) 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.