Idaho Power Secures Agreement with Six Mountain Home Wind Farms


Six more major wind farms will be plugging into the Idaho Power grid.

Today the Idaho Public Utilities Commission announced its acceptance of a sales agreement between Idaho Power and six separate wind projects near Mountain Home. Each wind farm will be operated separately but all have the same San Francisco project managers: Glenn Ikemoto and Maurice Miller.

Each of the wind farms—Cold Springs, Desert Meadow, Hammett Hill, Mainline Ryegrass and Two Ponds—has a capacity of 23 megawatts.

The wind farms are expected to be operational by year-end 2012. PUC staff calculated that the six are expected to generate more than 300,000 megawatt-hours annually, with a value of about $18.8 million in 2013 and increasing to about $36.9 million by 2032. The collective net value of the generation over the life of the agreements is more than $200 million.