Ric Gale,
Vice President for
Regulatory Affairs,
Idaho Power
 
Boise, ID, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 5, 2008 - Idaho Power yesterday filed a request with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that authorizes a plan to install Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology throughout the utility’s service area.

The three-year AMI implementation program will convert nearly all of the current power meters in Idaho Power’s service area to smart meters. Immediate benefits will include fully automated meter reading and an improved outage management system.  Additionally, the new metering infrastructure provides a foundation for future customer programs and pricing choices.

“AMI is a platform from which Idaho Power can launch other customer benefits,” said Idaho Power Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Ric Gale. “But additional investments will be required before wide scale pricing and other applications can become a reality.”

The company estimates the project will cost up to $71 million over the three-year deployment schedule. However, Idaho Power stressed that today’s filing does not seek a change in customer rates at this time, but that rate impacts will be addressed in a subsequent proceeding after a deployment plan is approved by the IPUC.

Idaho Power proposes to install AMI throughout its service area through a systematic three-year deployment schedule starting in January 2009 and concluding in 2011. The schedule would start with the company’s Capital Region that includes Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, in 2009. In 2010 the project would move to customers in the Canyon and Payette Regions, including Nampa, Caldwell, Payette and Ontario. It will conclude in 2011 in the southern and eastern regions that are comprised of Twin Falls, Hailey, Jerome, Pocatello and Salmon.