City of Boise opposes net metering changes
The City of Boise, Idaho this week filed a petition to intervene in a state proposal that would adjust net metering tariffs and generation caps for Idaho Power Company customers.
The petition cited a "direct and substantial" interest in the matter. It noted that, "considering the abundant natural resources such as geothermal heat and solar access in Boise, the renewable energy industry has the possibility of being a strong component of a diverse local economy. However, the changes proposed in this matter could have a swift, deleterious effect on the solar installation industry."
Idaho Power Company, the state's largest utility, filed its application in November 2011. Idaho Power Company first offered net metering in 1983 and now has approximately 350 customers.The utility is seeking to adjust net metering rates to address inequity and raise the generation cap from 2.9 MW to 5.8 MW. It expects the current cap to be reached within the next six months. The rate adjustments are meant to include recovery transmission and distribution costs, which are not reflected in current net metering rates therefore increasing cost burden on those customers who are not participating in net metering.
Idaho Power Company has requested its plans be implemented by summer 2013. Boise Weekly reports that the Idaho Conservation League, the Snake River Alliance and the Idaho Clean Energy Association are also opposing the changes.