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Wind Power Pending

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It looks like wind power is on the rise in eastern Idaho.

Idaho Power announced last week that it is close to settling a complaint filed last year by wind-power developer Jared Grover, who had been fighting a $60 million bill for upgrades to transmission lines. Under an agreement now before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, the cost of the upgrades will be reduced to $11 million and split between Grover, Idaho Power and other energy developers who connect to the power grid.

Grover has proposed 14 wind turbines for the Bell Rapids area near Hagerman. When up to speed, the turbines could generate 30 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power roughly 20,000 homes.

Once approved, the agreement would open the door for nine other small wind-power stations, which could create between 60 and 80 megawatts of power, according to Idaho Power.

The PUC will take comment on the proposed agreement through Aug. 6, and comments can be submitted online at www.puc.idaho.gov