What’s up with Idaho Power wanting to raise rates to pay for growth?
They claim to be spending $800 million to meet increased demand. They were trying to “soften up” customers to the impending price hike back in March with bill inserts.
Not to short circuit their profitable power plans, but if more people get on the circuit the lights will dim without more generators…a shock to no one. Cut the consumption, reduce the demand and no need to invest in extra generating capacity. Again, no shock.
The GUARDIAN sent Idaho Power the following e-mail to the address they provided, but surprise, surprise, they never responded.
“I received a bill insert explaining your energy plan as it relates to future growth.
You mention a considerable investment in transmission and distribution to meet growth.
Would you be willing to join me in opposing growth?”
Today’s Daily Paper reports Idaho power will be charging us another 9% to make up for a rebate they used to get from Bonneville Power Administration. That money formerly was passed on to customers in the form of credits on power bills. A court decision in favor of BPA has eliminated the credit. Combined with the 14.5% hike due to low water, that brings electric bill increases up 23.5% before any decision is made about a general rate hike.
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