in News Departments > FYI
print the content item

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved an amended power purchase agreement (PPA) that gives a solar developer more time to complete its project.

The amended sales agreement proposed by Idaho Power Co. and Grand View Solar One establishes an operating date of Jan. 12, 2013. The project, located 16 miles west of Mountain Home, Idaho, is expected to generate up to 10 average MW.

Idaho Power claimed the scheduled online date was Jan. 30, 2011. Grand View Solar One claimed it had a "rolling" scheduled operation date for which a deadline had not expired.

Under terms of the new agreement, Grand View Solar One has posted an $810,000 security for Idaho Power in case the project is not operating by Jan. 12, 2013. The developer also paid $475,000 in a construction deposit. However, the agreement states that if Idaho Power is the cause of any delays, the operation date can be extended to accommodate those delays without penalty to the developer.

PUC staff stated it is inappropriate to allow any qualifying facility under provisions of the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to have a rolling scheduled operation date under which the project "can, in effect, unilaterally dictate when it wishes to come online."

Hybrid Energy Innovations

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

To Help Combat Costly Electricity Theft, Emerging Markets Turn To Smart Grid Infrastructure

According to a new report, the world loses a whopping $89.3 billion to electricity theft annually, and emerging country markets are feeling a majority of the pain.


Report: Utilities Face Big Revenue Cuts From Distributed Energy Resources

According to a new report from Accenture, the growth of solar and other resources, such as energy storage, could mean significant losses for utilities.


NextEra To Acquire Hawaiian Electric In $4.3 Billion Merger Deal

If approved, the agreement between the two energy companies would produce one of North America's largest renewable energy players.


EPA Racks Up Over 1.6 Million Comments On Carbon Pollution Plan

Months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan, which will create new regulations for existing power plants, the agency says it has received loads of feedback to consider.


Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

A new survey gauges rural smart grid efforts across the country and offers key findings, one of which is that nearly all utilities polled are doing something to modernize their systems.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180