Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. IPC-E-09-02, Order No. 30755

March 27, 2009

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

 

Idaho Power seeks to reduce demand from commercial, industrial customers

 

Idaho Power Company is seeking approval from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission of a new voluntary load control program for its commercial and industrial customers.

 

Idaho Power is asking the commission to approve a five-year agreement between it and Boston-based EnerNOC to reduce demand from commercial and industrial customers by at least 2 megawatts this year and by at least 50 megawatts in each 2012 and 2013. EnerNOC, selected in a bid process, would implement and operate the program.

 

According to Idaho Power, the total five-year cost for the program is $12.2 million, varying from about $315,000 this year to about $3.5 million in the fifth year.

 

Commercial and industrial customers who volunteer to participate would be asked to reduce their energy loads for two to four hours during those summer days when demand on Idaho Power’s generation system is at its peak. Participants would receive compensation in exchange for reduced loads.

 

Idaho Power is proposing that costs associated with the program be recovered from the Energy Efficiency Rider funds. Customers currently pay 2.5 percent of their monthly energy bills to fund energy efficiency programs. (Idaho Power has a separate application before the commission to increase that rider to 4.75 percent.) An alternative method to fund the program, Idaho Power said, is to apply its costs to the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA), a surcharge or credit applied to customer bills every June 1 to account for the varying costs of power supply.

 

Energy efficiency programs are designed to help customers save energy and money. The commission reviews the programs for cost-effectiveness. Dollars spent on the programs should be more than offset by the resulting energy savings to customers and by the reduced cost to the utility when it does not to have to generate or buy power because of reduced demand.

 

The commission is taking comments on Idaho Power’s application through April 15. 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-09-02) 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 copy of the application, along with other documents related to this case, is available on the commission’s Web site at www.puc.idaho.gov. Click on “File Room” and then on “Electric Cases” and scroll down to the above case number.