Idaho Utility Must Buy Energy Despite Low Demand: FERC

Law360, New York (September 21, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told Idaho’s biggest utility Thursday it has to buy power from wind farms owned by GE Financial Services and others even when demand slips, saying long-term contracts already account for fluctuating energy values.

FERC’s order, which affects a joint venture with 183 megawatts of capacity, found that Idaho Power would breach the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act by halting purchases and curtailing its obligations under agreements with GE, Exergy Development Group, Atlantic Power Inc. and Reunion Power LLC. In addition, the...
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