Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Case No. INT-G-09-01, Order No. 30908
September 29, 2009
Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712
Commission approves gas hook-up fee for some new Sun Valley customers
State regulators are allowing Intermountain Gas Company to assess a new hook-up fee for new seasonal natural gas customers building large homes in the Sun Valley and Ketchum areas. The hook-up fee becomes effective Oct. 1.
The fee, approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, will pay for a $640,000 upgrade of the northern end of the Sun Valley Lateral, which is now operating at capacity. The upgrade increases the allowable operating pressure on that segment of the pipeline.
The seasonal occupancy of the homes being built in the area does not allow the company to generate enough year-round revenue to make the upgrade project cost-effective without a hookup fee. The fee will be assessed only to new customers in the impact area who benefit from the upgrade. If the actual costs of the project result in a lower hookup fee calculation than that initially charged to customers, Intermountain Gas will refund customers the difference.
The defined impact area includes those customers north of Gimlet Road, excluding the Gimlet Subdivision. Ninety-seven percent of the demand is contained within the last 15 miles (northern end) of the 68-mile lateral, according to Intermountain Gas.
A full text of the commissionís order, along with other documents related to this case, is available on the commissionís Web site at www.puc.idaho.gov. Click on the gas icon, then on "Open Gas CasesĒ and scroll down to Case No. INT-G-09-01.