Eric Schulz 
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Re: “Wind On The Line

Your article tells the story of the standard hue and cry of every developer - energy, real estate, or otherwise. Developers make part of their money by getting utilities or government (i.e., the rest of us) to absorb as much of the true cost of their project as possible. At issue is whether energy resources are developed at rates that fairly represent their cost - and more importantly, apportion them to the parties who stand to benefit. Now, this whole thing is quite complex and is a genuine emerging policy area, but our PUC has a number of precedent methods for settling this sort of thing. I, for one, as a ratepayer, am glad that Idaho Power (and the PUC) push back and try to make developers pay their share of the true cost of energy (and in today's world, it's as much about transmission as it is about generation). The concern over setting a precedent for other developers' footing the bill for poor siting is a very real one. Mr. Grover and your article "hint" at the idea that big bad Idaho Power should pay for these costs. But keep in mind, that isn't Idaho Power you're talking about, it's you and me. As for Grover's other arguments: If IPCo were to pay for such upgrades, it does matter "who is the banker" - remember the time-value of money? Grover also holds us hostage for missing tax incentives and, heaven forbid, school revenues. And as far as employing load-shedding to deal with overloads, that is a complex approach with costs of its own - and should we ratepayers accept this to improve Mr. Grover's bottom line?

Posted by Eric Schulz on 12/20/2006 at 6:29 PM

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