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News Release
 Commission Acknowledges Idaho Power Long Range Energy Plan
Oct. 13, 2010 (2010-23) (LC 50)
Contacts:   Ray Baum, Chairman, 503 378-6611, Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission has acknowledged Idaho Power’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) a 20-year plan that describes in detail how the utility intends to meet future resource needs in a manner that presents the least cost and risk to customers.
The 20-year plan is divided into 10-year segments. The energy resources include the natural gas Langley Gulch combined-cycle combustion turbine, up to 150 MW of wind generation, and two 20 MW increments of geothermal energy.
Utilities must file their resource plans with the Commission for acknowledgment every two years. The plan analyzes different types of risk such as renewable energy credit prices, natural gas prices, carbon emission costs, load growth, and conservation.
As a condition of acknowledgment, Idaho Power agreed to provide an on-going analysis and assessment of the Boardman to Hemmingway (B2H) transmission line as an uncommitted resource.  This includes updated estimates of construction costs, progress made toward securing partners, and estimates of transmission commitments.  The transmission line has been an issue of contention in the northeast Oregon region. 
Acknowledgment of the IRP does not ensure the company will be able to recover costs in customer rates. The Commission will make those decisions in rate cases.
In developing the 2009 plan, Idaho Power worked with an advisory group made up of environmental interests, major industrial customers, irrigators, state representatives, Commission staff, and others.
Idaho Power must file its next IRP with the Commission no later than June 30, 2011.
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