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Exergy drops men’s cycling team sponsorship, cites doping scandal

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― The owner of a struggling Idaho renewable energy developer who blames utilities for killing his business' projects now blames doping for forcing him to pull his sponsorship money from men's pro cycling. Exergy Development Group Chief Executive Officer James Carkulis says his company will end its three-year support of a men's cycling team. From his Boise offices, Carkulis issued a statement Tuesday accusing the cycling industry of failing to grasp the sport's “scandal and deceit.” Apart from Carkulis' ethical concerns, however, his business has been foundering. Exergy's problems include $323 million in suspended Idaho wind projects, loss of control of a Minnesota wind farm, federal lawsuits targeting it for not meeting financial obligations and the possible cancellation of two biogas-to-power projects amid a dispute with utility Idaho Power Co.

You can read more on this here from Velo News.
  

Wind developer pays Boise for bike race bill

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― An Idaho wind developer that's been tardy on some cycling sponsorship bills has made good on more than $27,500 owed Boise for charges related to the Exergy Tour. Boise spokesman Adam Park says Exergy Development Group president James Carkulis delivered the check in person on Thursday, to pay for police, among other things, during the May 24-28 women's professional race. The money includes Exergy's promised $1,000 contribution to a reward for recovering one team's stolen bikes. Parks says Boise is pleased with Carkulis' payment, and looks forward to another race next year. Exergy's tardy payments came as its business has grappled with regulatory uncertainty for Idaho alternative energy projects. The company suspended $323 million in wind projects and faces a federal lawsuit from Virginia's AES Corp. for missing turbine payments.

Idaho energy tussle - utilities vs. wind developers - sends international ripples

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― A fight over rules governing Idaho alternative energy is sending out international shockwaves, with a Greek construction company now saying utilities' demands to get out of their contractual obligations to buy power from wind farms are a threat to its business. Athens-based Terna GKA said Wednesday that curtailment will negatively affect its efforts to finance its soon-to-be-completed 138-megawatt Mountain Air facility near Mountain Home. Idaho Power Co. seeks permission from Idaho regulators to shut off wind farms like Terna's when they can get power more cheaply from other sources. With the matter unresolved, lenders are wary their money is at risk. Already, Boise's Exergy Development Group has suspended $323 million worth of projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been asked to intervene to protect wind companies from utilities' demands. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Renewables have rough ride in Idaho…

Despite high hopes, Idaho's renewable energy sector has had a rough ride, reports the Associated Press, with major projects that the state enthusiastically touted ending up mothballed or killed, from Hoku Corp.'s $400 million Pocatello solar polysilicon plant to Micron Technology's solar energy venture, Transform Solar. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Big PUC hearings next week to focus on future of renewables in Idaho

Big hearings at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission next week are expected to attract a crowd of lawyers, utility executives and environmentalists, the AP reports, as the PUC weighs how to set the course for Idaho's renewable energy industry for years to come. “These issues have been going on since 2005,” said Gene Fadness, PUC spokesman. Commissioners “are more than ready to have all the parties come to some sort of agreement.”

Among the points of dispute: How to set the price utilities must pay renewables developers for their power; whether utilities can refuse to buy power from alternative projects when relatively few people are using electricity; and who has the rights to lucrative environmental credits that accompany renewable energy projects - the utilities or the renewables developers. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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