Idaho Power scaling back plans at Shoshone Falls facility

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Idaho Power wants to make some changes to their generators at the Shoshone Falls plant facility.

Community relations representative Dan Olmstead said they currently have three generators, all producing about 12 megawatts.

To put it in perspective, one megawatt can power about 600 houses.

The power company wants to replace two older generators and put in one that can do 3.2 megawatts, increasing the total power production to 14.2 megawatts.

"We're just increasing the efficiency of the plant with the water that we have available," Olmstead said.

The company originally planned to add a 50 megawatt generator, but said the energy landscape has changed.

"It's not economically feasible now to add the 50 megawatt generator," he said.

Olmstead said they are currently waiting to get approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start construction in July.

Right now they are approved for the 50 megawatt plan, but not the 3.2 megawatt plan.

"Essentially we've asked the Federal Energy Regulatory commission to amend our application," he said.

If approved, there should be no significant change to the falls.



 
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