Idaho Power is seeking to change a voluntary load-control program they offer to irrigation customers. As those who participate in the program know, Idaho Power turns off specific irrigation pumps during peak load hours (1pm to 8pm) between June 15 and August 15. Participants then receive a monthly monetary credits on their June, July, and August power bills.
According to the Idaho Public Utility Commission’s press release, “Idaho Power wants to expand the hours of interruption from the current 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Customers who accept an extended interruption period will receive a higher payment, according to the company’s application. Idaho Power also wants to change the incentive payment structure from a fixed payment to a combination of fixed and variable payments. The fixed payment is one that pays customers simply for participating while the variable portion would be based on how much the company uses the program.”
Currently, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission is taking comments on the proposed changed through February 9th, 2011. If you’d like to make a comment, please click here and fill in the case number (IPC-E-10-46) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.