POWER COSTS FOR IRRIGATORS SET TO INCREASE IN ID

Published online: May 23, 2013 Irrigation
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BOISE, Idaho-Many growers in Idaho are bracing for another increase in power costs this season.

 

Idaho Power is seeking to recover $140.4 million in unexpected power supply expenses over the past year. If the Idaho Public Utilities Commission approves the request in full, it would mean a 15.38 percent increase in power costs for the company's irrigation customers.

 

While a 15-percent increase in power costs won't break the bank, it will make farming a greater challenge this year, said Rick Shawver, who grows potatoes in Pingree.

 

"It's definitely a concern when the cost of power goes up like that," he said.

 

The average power cost to grow potatoes in southern Idaho is about $45-$50 an acre, Shawver said. "That's going to add another 15 percent on top of that. Not good."

 

Idaho Power's request was made in its annual power cost adjustment, a cost recovery tool that passes on the cost of unanticipated expenses not included in base rates to customers or provides them a credit if expenses are less than anticipated.

 

SOURCE: Sean Ellis, Capital Press

 

http://www.capitalpress.com/newsletter/SE-power-052413

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