Idaho Irrigators Given Payment Option

Published online: Apr 12, 2004
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Idaho Power Company has agreed to pay Idaho irrigators $1.75 per kilowatt for energy not used during the company's peak summer load periods.

IPC said to help it meet peak demand, irrigators can forgo sprinkler operations for up to four hours between 4-8 p.m.on Mondays through Fridays. Irrigators can choose which days they want to be shut down, either one, two or three days per week.

Those who choose two days per week would be credited $1.88 per kw. For three days they would receive $2 per kw.

The company says geting at least 50 metered service points from the company's four geographic areas to participate would help it meet peak energy demand during June, July and August.

By reducing summer peak demand, the company avoids paying for power from higher-cost sources, including the wholesale market. IPC estimates the program will cost nearly $300,000.

If the program is successful in the pilot trial period, IPC may agree to include more irrigators in future years. To qualify a grower must have a metered service point that has service for a pump of at least 150 hp.

This will be a win-win for growers who sign up for the program because it will save them money on pumping bills and discourage them from pumping during some of the hottest hours of the day when evapotranspiration is high.