Special Public Hearing

Let the  Oregon Public Utilities Commission Hear from You!

March 2nd 1:30
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This Tuesday,  Speak Out!

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Idaho Power’s Disingenuous Information Uncloaked
This 2019 Plan* was full of confusion, delays and omissions, even after 5 delays and 2 amended versions.  Here are a “dirty baker’s dozen” of tidbits found by STOP and the staff of the OPUC. It puts into question the reliability of the data and thus the validity of the analysis and selected outcomes.
  1. OPUC Staff is concerned that the Preferred Portfolio** may not provide an accurate reflection of current costs and risks to Idaho Power customers and the high carbon cost component was not evaluated properly;
  2. OPUC staff is concerned portfolio naming and data tables are improperly labeled; and various details were either left out or not sufficiently clarified in the IRP; 
  3. OPUC Staff discovered in the O&M (Operations and Maintenance) cost inputs for the co-owned Jim Bridger Coal units (PacifiCorp 2/3, Idaho Power 1/3) had different accounting methods to calculate the cost of coal to run the units. (Guess who’s portion cost more);
  4. STOP discovered Idaho Power running the Langley gas plant above optimal levels (think driving 90 mph vs 55 mph and fuel consumption), consuming additional fuel to generate more energy than needed, so it could be called surplus, and sold on the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) for profit while generating more CO2 admissions;
  5. Idaho Power admitted errors in reporting carbon emissions to FERC*** from their Langley gas plant & re-filed new emission forms to FERC;
  6. In 2031 a 300 MW gas unit (30+year lifetime) is scheduled to come on line – no one understands how this fits into Idaho Power’s 100% clean energy by 2045 plan;
  7. Staff is concerned that the calculations of the “Capacity Value of Solar” are in non-compliance with commission Order No. 16-326;
  8. Staff recommends that, in the 2021 IRP, the Company model the Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) for wind to the extent it is technically achievable by the Company to revise its Wyoming wind cost inputs;
  9. Staff is concerned that the magnitude by which the resource cost of Wyoming wind has been overestimated may have an impact on portfolio modeling in the time period when the 2019 IRP’s preferred portfolio has selected a natural gas plant in variance with the Company’s goal of generating 100 percent clean energy;
  10. There was not a comparison of qualitative risks across portfolios;
  11. The “time of use” program (a demand-side program) for Oregon customers, which includes a seasonal and time-differentiated rate design reflective of the cost has had 3 people sign-up since it was first offered in June 2019. Idaho Power sent postcards to their customers to let them know about the program and there have not been any material costs associated with implementation or management of the offering;
  12. Idaho Power chronically under-estimates its customers’ energy efficiency savings.
  13. Everyone is concerned about Idaho Power’s load forecasting since it is always much higher than actual which causes the computer modeling to see a resources deficiency sooner than if accurate forecast data was used.
It’s all about gaming the system and
we can’t let them get away with it.
*2019 Plan (aka:  Integrated Resources Plan – IRP). This one is the “2nd Amended 2019 IRP.”
**A “preferred portfolio” is the selected plan from the IRP. Generally, it is the “least-cost; least-risk” way that a the utility will meet its energy needs in the future based on its twenty year forecast and using a combination of energy resources (hydro, solar, gas, etc).
***FERC = Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Original Action Alert & Talking Points
as  follows...
After 5 Delays, Idaho Power's Energy Plan Gets Hearing @ the Oregon PUC

Speak Out This Tuesday!

Oregon Public Utilities Commission's interest is
the “least-cost, least risk” energy plan.

  • The B2H is financially risky.
  • The B2H is NOT climate friendly; its a fire risk.
  • Idaho Power does NOT have an energy need.
  • STOP has found erroneous data in the plan.
  • We've exposed their green-washing.
Recently, the Governor has assigned the OPUC a significant role in oversight of utility wildfire prevention planning too.
Not Sure What to Say?   We have some Talking Points for your testimony or letters, click on the links:
The OPUC Needs to Hear from YOU!


DATE: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
TIME: 1:30 p.m. PST
EVENT: Web-Based (via Zoom)

In order to participate, please click on the zoom link below
or copy and paste into browser:
Call-in Option: Dial-in: 971-247-1195
Meeting ID: 822 8541 1011Passcode: 2944827350
You can also email or write to the OPUC:
Oregon Public Utilities Commission
PO Box 1088
Salem, OR. 97308-1088

Didn’t we do this before? 
Yes, a year ago & two years ago & the two years before that!  Some things haven’t changed -- but a lot has changed -- as predicted. The OPUC needs to know that you are still watching!  Check out the Talking Points above. 

Public Notice & information about the hearing:

 Speak Out Now! Talking Points--follow the links above.
We had a great 2020, challenging Idaho Power in multiple arenas. Your kind donations have allowed us to maintain our momentum. This is what we have been up to and we hope to share more on these activities next month.

On Monday oral arguments were heard in our Federal NEPA lawsuit in the 9th Circuit Court. The NEPA suit is about demanding a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. It’s focus is on imperiled Sage Grouse, the National OR Trail Interpretive Ctr, and the two routes in Union Co that never had a public comment period. 

At the same time, 36 dedicated volunteers continue to push back in the contested case at State Energy Facilities Siting Council (EFSC), contesting 76 issues in the siting of the line. Since the start of the year, we have faced deadlines on a nearly bi-weekly basis, which has kept folks extremely busy! 
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