In what can only be termed a good move toward the common sense line of thought espoused by GROWTHOPHOBES, Idaho Power and the Public Utilities Commission are aiming to have growth “pay for itself” with a modification of rules and increases to developers.
Surprise to no one, Building and Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho, the City of Nampa, the Kroger Company and the Association of Canyon County Highway Districts oppose the move which would put the financial burden for GROWTH on those who create it instead of forcing current customers to pony up the cost for new power lines and moving power lines to make way for road widening to accommodate the increased traffic.
Currently, Idaho Power pays for the relocation when it is being required by a governmental agency such as the state Department of Transportation or county or city highway departments. When a third party requests relocation of distribution facilities, the third party must bear the cost. Idaho Power claims there have been recent instances where public road agencies have requested relocation on behalf of third-party developers. Idaho Power wants public road agencies to more clearly demonstrate that the relocation is for the public benefit and not for the benefit of a third party.
Idaho Power’s application, as well as testimony provided by company officials and intervenors, can be accessed on the PUC WEBSITE. Click on the electric icon, then on “Open Electric Cases,” and scroll down to Case No. IPC-E-08-22.
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