June 1998 - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved several revisions to Washington Water Power's (WWP) More Options for Power Service II (MOPS II) customer choice pilot. The company will offer four different renewable resource options — a 25% wood power mix, a 25% wind power mix, a 100% wood power mix, and a 100% wind power mix. WWP is currently negotiating for the wind power, but owns a 45-MW wood waste facility that will supply the wood power. The pricing scheme for these products will be on a per kilowatt-hour basis, rather than a dollar per block basis as originally planned.
The pilot implementation date has been delayed to July 1, 1998 in order to allow time to adminster the changes.
January 1998 - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a new pilot program, which will offer electricity service choices to 7,800 customers of Washington Water Power. The pilot, More Options for Power Service II (MOPS II), will run from May 1, 1998 through April 30, 2000 and will provide customers with energy service alternatives without having to change energy service providers. Customers will be able to choose between five energy service alternatives including a green resource rate, under which participating customers will pay an incremental dollar amount per kWh consumption block to contribute to the operation of renewable resources, including biomass and wind power projects.
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