Rocky Mountain, Fall River propose property transfer
Rocky Mountain Power and Fall River Rural Electric are asking state regulators to approve the transfer of about 150 households in the Teton Valley from Rocky Mountain Power’s service territory to Fall River’s.
Both utilities serve customers in the Teton County basin of southeastern Idaho. Growth in the basin is increasing the potential for duplication of facilities, which presents operational issues for both companies.
The two utilities are proposing to transfer about 150 customers on the west side of the valley, including equipment such as poles and transformers, to Fall River. The transfer would not immediately impact rates because Fall River is proposing to serve the transferred customers under Rocky Mountain’s rate structure for five years.
Rocky Mountain Power, formerly known as Utah Power, is a regulated investor-owned utility. Fall River is a publicly owned electric cooperative, which does not fall under the commission’s jurisdiction. However, state statute requires that any sale, transfer or lease of property belonging to a regulated utility be approved by the state Public Utilities Commission.
The commission is taking comments through July 16 from customers of either utility or any interested parties. 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 (PAC-E-07-12) 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, are available on the commission’s Web site. Click on “File Room” and then on “Electric Cases” and scroll down to the above case number.