Idaho Power

Energy
3:34 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Idaho Power Gets OK For Wyoming Coal Plant Project

Idaho Power Co. can spend tens of millions to clean up its Wyoming coal-fired power plant and expect ratepayers to cover the project's cost, but regulators want quarterly updates on whether these emission-control investments continue to make sense as federal environmental rules change.

Announced Monday by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, the decision aims to ensure Idaho's biggest utility isn't locked into the estimated $130 million project if alternatives to coal emerge as better for ratepayers.

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Idaho Power
5:40 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Idaho Power's CEO Plans To Retire At Year's End

LaMont Keen has led Idaho Power since 2006.
Credit Courtesy of Idaho Power

Idaho Power Co. Chief Executive Officer J. LaMont Keen is retiring at year's end, to be replaced by the company's chief financial officer. Darrel Anderson will step in for Keen Dec. 31.

The state's largest utility made the announcement on Thursday. In a press release, the chairman of the board of directors of IDACORP and Idaho Power, Robert Tinstman, said the company is grateful to LaMont for his more than 39 years at Idaho Power. Keen has led the company since 2006.

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Gateway West
2:02 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Why The Feds Approval Of A Massive Power Line Excludes Part Of Idaho Route

Jim Fincher is the District Manager for the Boise BLM District Office
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The Bureau of Land Management Tuesday approved most of a 990-mile-long power line that's being built on public land. But a section of the line, about 295 miles in Idaho, were deferred. That means the BLM will hold off on the OK for that area until stakeholders along the line’s route can come to a consensus.

The Gateway West project will run from Wyoming across southern Idaho. It's an effort between Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power.

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Transmitter Status
8:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Update: Scheduled Power Outage Doesn't Impact Programming

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Update 11:15 a.m.:  Idaho Power was able to maintain power at CSI during its maintenance work which kept Boise State Public Radio programming on the air.

Original Post: Due to a scheduled power outage at CSI, listeners in the Wood River Valley, Magic Valley, and in Jackpot, Nevada may experience disruptions in regular programming.

The power outage is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. today. Idaho Power crews will be working to replace the main power lines and hope to have power restored by noon today.

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Wildfires
8:30 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Update: Featherville Still Without Lights

Idaho Power linemen work to restore power after wildfires moved through the area.
Credit Idaho Power

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Idaho Power reports power was restored to the Lester Creek area and the Anderson Ranch Bluffs subdivision on Wednesday afternoon after the Elk Complex burned poles. Fall Creek and Pine should have power by Thursday evening, while the area north of Featherville is still too dangerous to access.

Areas near Mountain Home and Prairie got electricity back on Wednesday as well. The Pony Complex had destroyed 37 power poles in that area.

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Gateway West
6:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Friday Is Last Day To Comment On Idaho’s Massive Gateway West Power Line

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Today is the last day you can comment on the final environmental impact statement for a 1,000 mile long power line. 

Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power want to build what's called the Gateway West Transmission Line to add power capacity. The project would cross most of southern Idaho.  The Bureau of Land Management released the Final Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS two months ago.  It’s been taking comments ever since.

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Power
8:38 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Idaho Power Seeks to End Excess Green Energy Credit Payouts

Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

If you use solar panels or wind turbines to generate your own power, you can sell the electricity you don’t use back to your utility. But one Northwest power company wants to stop sending checks to customers who are big energy producers.

Idaho Power awards a credit against customers’ utility bills for the solar and wind power they put onto the grid. If they still have unused credits when the year ends, Idaho Power sends them a check.

But that could change. Idaho Power says it needs to stop sending the checks out to avoid increased oversight by federal regulators.

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Gateway West
6:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Gateway West Power Line Takes Another Step Forward

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Today marks the next step in a 1,000 mile proposed power line that would cross most of southern Idaho.  Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power want to build the Gateway West Transmission Line to add power capacity.

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Hurricane Sandy
6:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Idaho Power Among Western Companies To Help Northeast Recover From Sandy

An uprooted tree that fell on power lines in Livingston, New Jersey. Winds of more than 80 miles per hour were recorded. Utah-based Rocky Mountain Power is assisting with repairs in the area.
Credit Rocky Mountain Power

Fourteen Idaho Power employees are on their way to the Northeast to help with Hurricane Sandy relief. The crews will work with Long Island Power Authority to turn the electricity back on in its coverage areas.

The Idaho Power crews are sending ten trucks that can be used to drill holes for new poles, and repair overhead lines.  According to Idaho Power spokesman Kevin Winslow, the workers should arrive in Long Island Wednesday night.

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Power line
3:54 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Idaho Governor Not Happy With Latest Gateway West Plan

Credit Christopher Sebela / Flickr

State officials are hopeful that the Bureau of Land Management will reconsider a proposal to build a high-power transmission line through the Birds of Prey Conservation Area. 

They want the line on public, rather than private, land.  Known as the Gateway West project, the joint proposal by Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power is worth $7 billion.

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Burned Power Lines
4:12 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Idaho Power Spends $6 Million On Repairs

Credit Christopher Sebela / Flickr

Wildfires and wind storms kept Idaho Power’s repair crews busy this summer. More than 800 structures were in the path of fires, but only 45 poles were actually destroyed.

Spokesperson Lynette Berriochoa says that maintenance crews clear vegetation around the poles before fire season begins.

“So as a result, when those fires move through, some of the fires move right around those wood poles and they were spared," says Berriochoa.

But Idaho Power still has a big bill to pick up after this summer’s damage.

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Water
11:21 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Update: Situation Remains "Critical" For Twin Falls Water System

City of Twin Falls

Updated 3:00 PM Tuesday:  The city of Twin Falls is allowing commercial users, including restaurants, to turn their water on again.  But if water levels go too low, restrictions could go back into effect. 

The city is also working with five major industrial waters users to set an individual timeline for their operations to start again. These are mainly food processing and dairy companies. 

According to city spokesman Josh Palmer it might take until Thursday for the water system to return to normal.

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Energy
5:30 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Idaho Power Rate Hikes Likely This Summer

The average Idaho Power customer will pay at least $5.50 more a month starting this summer.   The state public utilities commission will likely go along with the company’s requests.    

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