BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Public Utilities Commission Tuesday handed a key victory to wind developers currently operating in the state, but it did so while imposing an indirect limit on the amount of wind development Idaho is likely to see in the near future.
“There are very different implications for existing versus new wind developers,” the Idaho Conservation League’s Ben Otto said after reviewing the PUC’s decision.
The ruling is about more than the wind industry. It has implications for many different kinds of renewable power projects that sell power to the state’s regulated utilities. But it was the extraordinary pace of wind development that led Idaho’s utilities — chiefly Idaho Power — to petition the PUC to reevaluate some of its existing rules. The utilities argued the sudden proliferation of wind farms in the state would result in higher electricity prices for Idaho customers. … Continued at NPR’s StateImpact Idaho, where this report first appeared.
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