Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. IPC-E-08-11, Order No. 30699

January 2, 2009

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712

Website: www.puc.idaho.gov

 

Second energy efficiency education workshop is Thursday

 

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will conduct a second workshop and open another comment period regarding the most appropriate use of $500,000 for energy education efforts in public schools.

 

In an order issued last April, the commission reserved $500,000 to fund an energy education program in the 62 school districts in Idaho Power’s southern Idaho territory. The money is a portion of nearly $16 million awarded Idaho Power customers as a result of Idaho Power’s sale of surplus sulfur dioxide emission (SO2) allowances. All but $500,000 of the customers’ portion of the SO2 allowance proceeds was used to offset Idaho Power’s annual Power Cost Adjustment. The Idaho Energy Education Project proposed that the remaining $500,000 be set aside for energy efficiency education.

 

The Idaho Office of Energy Resources (OER), in conjunction with the state Department of Education, is proposing a program that divides the money into two parts: $250,000 to develop and implement an energy efficiency curriculum for schools and $250,000 to implement or construct specific energy efficiency projects in schools.

 

The Idaho Energy Education Project is proposing that more money go directly to energy efficiency projects and expressed concern that too much (about $160,000) is dedicated to administration and overhead.

 

The commission is scheduling a second workshop to hear more details about Idaho Power’s existing energy efficiency education efforts as well as more about the OER proposal. The commission is willing to hear other parties’ views about the proposal as well as alternative proposals.

 

The workshop is set for Thursday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the commission hearing room at 472 W. Washington St. in Boise.

 

After the workshop is over, the commission will seek written comment through Feb. 5 on the OER proposal, other proposals (if presented) and the appropriate use of the proceeds from the sale of the surplus SO2 allowances.

 

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-08-11) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.