PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION
DUTIES OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
61-328. Electric utilities — Sale of property to be approved by commission. (1) No electric public utility or electrical corporation as defined in chapter 1, title 61, Idaho Code, owning, controlling or operating any property located in this state which is used in the generation, transmission, distribution or supply of electric power and energy to the public or any portion thereof, shall merge, sell, lease, assign or transfer, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever, any such property or interest therein, or the operation, management or control thereof, or any certificate of convenience and necessity or franchise covering the same, except when authorized to do so by order of the public utilities commission.
(2) The electric public utility or electrical corporation shall file a verified application setting forth such facts as the commission shall prescribe or require. The commission shall issue a public notice and shall conduct a public hearing upon the application.
(3) Before authorizing the transaction, the public utilities commission shall find:
(a) That the transaction is consistent with the public interest;
(b) That the cost of and rates for supplying service will not be increased by reason of such transaction; and
(c) That the applicant for such acquisition or transfer has the bona fide intent and financial ability to operate and maintain said property in the public service.
The applicant shall bear the burden of showing that standards listed above have been satisfied.
(4) The commission shall have power to issue said authorization and order as prayed for, or to refuse to issue the same, or to issue such authorization and order with respect only to a part of the property involved. The commission shall include in any authorization or order the conditions required by the director of the department of water resources under section 42-1701(6), Idaho Code. The commission may attach to its authorization and order such other terms and conditions as in its judgment the public convenience and necessity may require.
[61-328, added 1951, ch. 3, sec. 2, p. 4; am. 2000, ch. 224, sec. 2, p. 620.]