Idaho Power Secures Agreement with Six Mountain Home Wind Farms

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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.