STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE AFFAIRS
IDAHO ENERGY RESOURCES AUTHORITY ACT
67-8912. Cost recovery and rate stabilization charges of participating utilities. (1) A participating utility contracting with the authority for the electricity, service or product provided by a facility may establish one (1) or more rate stabilization charges, cost recovery charges or power cost adjustment charges as it deems necessary to provide for the payment of all amounts owed by the participating utility to the authority with respect to the facility and otherwise enable the participating utility to stabilize its rates, to protect its consumers from volatile market prices and to insure against market and other risks. Such rate stabilization charges, cost recovery charges or power cost adjustment charges may be established by the participating utility as a separate component of its existing rates and charges or as a new charge.
(2) A participating utility that is subject to rate regulation by the commission shall submit each of its proposed rate stabilization charges, cost recovery charges or power cost adjustment charges to the commission for approval.
(3) Each other participating utility that serves electric consumers in the state but which is not subject to rate regulation by the commission, may establish a rate stabilization charge, cost recovery charge or power cost adjustment charge only after it has provided adequate notice of and a public meeting or hearing on such charge to the members or consumers served by it. A notice shall be deemed to be adequate if:
(a) It is given at least fifteen (15) days prior to the public meeting or hearing in the manner usually employed by the participating utility to give notice of its hearings or meetings, by mail, publication or otherwise; and
(b) It provides a brief description of the proposed rate stabilization, cost recovery or power cost adjustment charges and a summary of the purposes for which it is being established.
After the meeting or hearing has been held, the participating utility may proceed to establish and fix the rate stabilization, cost recovery or power cost adjustment charge.
(4) Each participating utility may agree in its contractual arrangements with the authority as to the use and disposition of all or any part of the revenues from any rate stabilization, cost recovery or power cost adjustment charges established by the participating utility. Each participating utility may pledge, and may create and grant a security interest in, all or a portion of such revenues to secure its payment obligations to the authority in respect of any facility. Any such agreement or pledge by a participating utility that is a municipal corporation of the state shall not be deemed to create an indebtedness or liability of such municipal corporation or a loan or donation of its credit within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory provision.
[67-8912, added 2005, ch. 53, sec. 1, p. 200.]