Staff from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be in eastern Idaho on Sept. 21 and 22 to conduct public workshops regarding a rate increase request from Rocky Mountain Power.
Last June, Rocky Mountain Power applied for an average 13.7% increase. The commission suspended the case for up to six months at that time to allow its staff of auditors, engineers and attorneys to review the request.
Rocky Mountain Power states the increase is needed to cover expenses for more than $4 billion of new plant investment and $87 million in increased power supply costs. Investments proposed in this case are already serving customers or will be by the end of the year. Included are eight new wind generation plants, a 345 kV transmission line, environmental improvements at the Dave Johnston, Huntington and Jim Bridger power plants, turbine upgrades at the Hunter, Huntington and Jim Bridge power plants, hydropower relicensing and upgrade investments.
The purpose of the workshops is for PUC staff to explain the company's request and the process the PUC must follow in considering that request. After the staff's presentation, the public will be able to ask questions. Representatives of the company may also be on hand to answer questions, but will not be part of the staff's presentation.
A technical hearing in Boise is scheduled to begin Nov. 30, and public hearings in eastern Idaho will likely be scheduled, also in mid- to late-November.