Idaho Power Concerned About Snowpack


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) While skiers and snowboarders are praying for more snow, Idaho Power officials are also hoping for snow.

Idaho Power representatives say they're concerned about the snowpack to date.

That's because almost half of their power production is low-cost, renewable hydropower.

The more water flowing through their turbines, the less fuel they burn or power they buy.

The more hydropower they use, the greater the benefit to customers, which is reflected in their power bill.

"We've been substantially below normal for this time for the year. This probably won't break the drought or bring us up to normal, but if we get a good storm here this will really help," explains Dan Olmstead, Idaho Power.

The bulk of the company's generating ability comes from their 17 hydroelectric power plants.

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