Integrating Wind Energy
by Idaho Power
Customer Connection, April 2008
Idaho Power currently has contracts for more than 360 megawatts (MW) of energy from wind generation projects. One MW is enough electricity to power 650 homes.
Elkhorn Valley Wind Farm
This 101 MW wind project, located in eastern Oregon between La Grande and Baker, began delivering energy to Idaho Power in January 2008.
Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Wind Projects
Idaho Power receives energy from three projects capable of delivering nearly 20 MW.
An additional 40 MW is under construction just east of Mountain Home. Initial construction began on 29 MW of new wind projects near Hagerman, Idaho. The other 176 MW of projects under contract are scheduled for construction between now and the end of 2010.
While wind is a free "fuel source," significant costs are associated with changes in the operation of Idaho Power's existing resources to accommodate the intermittent nature of wind generation. There also are interconnection and transmission system upgrade expenses.
Three major cases regarding wind integration costs, interconnection and transmission costs were recently resolved by the Idaho Public Utiities Commission. These include:
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