Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Case No. IPC-E-09-31, Order No. 30963
December 21, 2009
Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712
Commission sets hearing on proposed sale
Idaho Power Company is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve the sale of electrical distribution facilities valued at $44,000 to Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative headquartered in the Cassia County community of Malta.
The feeder line, which includes about 1.45 miles of line and 30 power poles in southern Owyhee County, was once used to serve Idaho Power customers in northern Nevada, but it now serves only customers of Raft River.
In early 2001, Raft River purchased Idaho Power distribution facilities in Nevada, but did not buy a small portion of the distribution line on the Idaho side of the border. Because the line is used for wholesale transmission transactions, Idaho Power must assess Raft River a transmission rate established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A recent increase in those rates significantly exceeds the costs associated with the feeder line and power poles.
Raft River, which is not regulated by the commission, serves customers in Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
The commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposed sale on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. in the commission hearing room at 472 W. Washington St. in Boise. 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-09-31) 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, 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.