Alternative energy foes, proponents say PUC ruling gave them something


Gov. Butch Otter receivied a firsthand look at a natural gas well last week from representatives of Alta Mesa energy company.

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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