Commission taking comments on PacifiCorp settlement
PacifiCorp, which operates in Idaho as Rocky Mountain Power (formerly Utah Power & Light) has about 64,000 customers in eastern Idaho.
The settlement prevents the need for PacifiCorp to file a full rate case before the commission.
Irrigators would pay 5 percent more, increasing revenue for that class by $1.7 million. However, if irrigators volunteer to participate in the companyís Irrigation Load Control Credit Rider Program, they will receive a refund after the end of the 2007 irrigation season. Counting the refund, the net average increase to irrigators would be 3.7 percent if the settlement were approved.
Rates for Monsanto, PacifiCorpís largest customer in its six-state area, would increase by 16.5 percent, also by Jan. 1, raising $6.8 million. Monsanto operates an elemental phosphorous plant near Soda Springs in southeastern Idaho. Rates for Nu-West, another contract customer, would increase 4 percent effective Sept. 1, increasing annual revenue by $150,000. Nu-West produces phosphate fertilizer at facilities also near Soda Springs.
PacifiCorp has also indicated it will follow through on its commitment to the Community Action Partnership of Idaho (CAPAI) to initiate a proceeding before the commission to significantly increase the companyís contribution to low-income weatherization programs. CAPAI is a non-profit corporation consisting of six community action agencies that fight the causes and conditions of poverty.
Comments will be accepted through Nov. 3 via e-mail by accessing the commissionís homepage at www.puc.idaho.gov and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (IPC-E-06-04) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.
The technical hearing will start at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 in the commission hearing room at 472 W. Washington St. in Boise.