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Feds Set Down Rules for Electricity Sales

by Staff
Middleton, The Idaho Statesman, April 9, 2002

A proposed power plant south of Middleton can sell its output only in wholesale transactions to Idaho Powr and other customers when the company doesn't need the elcectricity for its customers.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the Garnet power plant, a 250-megawatt natural gas facility, qualifies as an exempt wholesale generator under federal law.

The commission will regulate the rates and terms of Garnet's wholesale sales and have jurisdiction over transmission of the power.

Garnet has received all the permits and approvals needed to begin construction.

These include an air quality permit from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, a conditional-use permit from Canyon County and an agreement with the city of Middleton for water and sewer services.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will evaluate Idaho Power's plans for acquiring the plant's output and will determine whether the company will be allowed to pass those costs on to its customers.

Hearings are set for late June.

Feds Set Down Rules for Electricity Sales
The Idaho Statesman, April 9, 2002

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