Alternative energy foes, proponents say PUC ruling gave them something

Tom Schultz, director of the Idaho Department of Lands, told a legislative interim committee that investments from the endowment lands produced a record return in fiscal year 2014.

In a long-awaited decision involving wind and solar energy, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission established new rules and regulations for such projects, says an Associated Press story in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Both sides involved in the issue–those favoring alternative energy projects and those opposed due to the high cost of paying for such power–found something to like in the decision. Wind and solar projects are now limited by size in qualifying for federal contracts, but the commission did not strike down a provision that establishes 20-year contracts. Utilities in the state wanted five-year agreements.







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