Electricity

Wind Jobs in Trouble
(AP)-Warning that tens of thousands of jobs are at stake, governors in wind energy states are calling on Congress to renew an expiring tax break. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said at a teleconference Tuesday that uncertainty over the future of the wind energy production ta…
Idahoans Weary of Wind Power
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new poll by the Idaho Statesman shows Idaho consumers are not so enthusiastic about wind energy if it means higher monthly power bills. The newspaper also reported that (http://bit.ly/XkA3ZA
Idaho Power Co. Must Buy Wind Electricity
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Idaho Power's long-term purchase agreement with wind farms means that it must buy electricity from the farms even when demand for power is low. The commission's decision, reached Thursday, is good news for Idaho wind f…
New Federal Rules Force Power Rate Increases
(AP) An increase in what you pay for electricity may be in your future, thanks to new federal rules. The Public Utilities Regulatory Policies act, known as PURPA, has increased costs to power producers through incentives to promote renewable energy. Those costs have increased about 25 percent in …
Is Your State Paying the Most for Electricity?
Turning up the dial on your thermostat in the fall and winter months is bound to add major coin to your electric bill, so you power through. Unless you live in Utah, and then you really have nothing to worry about, according to new data released this week.