Case No. PAC-E-05-11

January 11, 2006

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339




Utah Power contract with Nu-West approved


PacifiCorp, which does business in southeastern Idaho as Utah Power, has received approval from state regulators to enter into a five-year sales agreement with Nu-West Industries, a phosphate fertilizer plant in Soda Springs.


The agreement calls for Nu-West to pay Utah Power $23.11 per megawatt-hour from May to October and $19.22 per MWh from November to April. During light-load hours and holidays, the rate is $17.33 per MWh year-round. The customer charge is $282.89 per month.


The agreement also requires Nu-West rates or surcharges to be increased when the commission authorizes rate increases for other customers of Utah Power who are not contract customers. The commission noted that Utah Power intends to file a general rate case in April 2006. At that time, the commission will then be able to more closely examine the costs required to serve Nu-West.


A full text of the commission’s order, along with other documents related to this case, are available on the commission’s Web site at Click on “File Room” and then on “Electric Cases” and scroll down to Case No. PAC-E-05-11.