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Idaho Power Seeks Acceptance of Plan

by Staff
Idaho Statesman, November 25, 2006

Idaho Power Co. has written a plan that calls for new power-generating capacity, possibly including a new clean-coal plant in southeastern Idaho and nuclear power from the Idaho National Laboratory.

Idaho Power seeks state regulators' approval of the company's latest 20-year growth plan. The plan calls for 1,300 megawatts of power-generating additions and conservation savings to meet the demands of the company's growing customer base. That base has increased from 300,000 customers in 1990 to more than 460,000 customers today in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, the company said.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission said the base could reach 680,000 customers by 2025 -- an increase of 11,000 to 12,000 customers each year.

The PUC said Idaho Power's plan includes:

A typical large coal-fired power plant produces about 1,000 megawatts of electricity. A megawatt is one million watts.

Idaho Power said its Integrated Resource Plan is for planning purposes only, and could change depending on the response it gets from its requests for proposals and its changing power needs. The company held four public meetings to seek comments.

The plan is prepared every two years.

The PUC is taking comment through Jan. 22 on the 160-page document. Copies are available at and

Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the commission's home page and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (IPC-E-06-24) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.

Idaho Power Seeks Acceptance of Plan
Idaho Statesman, November 29, 2006

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