Regulators OK slight rate hike for Idaho Power

BOISE, Idaho (AP) The Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a series of rate adjustments that altogether will result in a slight increase in the cost of energy provided by Idaho Power Co.

Regulators approved the cost adjustment Friday for rates in seven separate cases.

Overall, the PUC calculates the adjustment represents a 0.9 percent increase for all customer classes, though residential customers will see a reduction of about 0.34 percent.

Idaho Power is allowed to adjust its rates up or down to reflect its annual cost of providing electricity. The utility's power costs vary each year depending on river flows through its series of hydropower dams and costs of buying power from wind farms or on the wholesale market.

The company sought the increase to offset $70 million in extra costs.