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Hoku Corp. Wins Reprieve on Idaho Electric Bill Dispute
Add time:2011/4/30 Entry:admin Read:1585

Hoku Corp. won a reprieve for keeping the power on at its Idaho polysilicon plant on Tuesday when the Idaho Public Utilities Commission set a schedule to hear the dispute between the Honolulu-based solar power company and Idaho Power Co.

The Associated Press reports that commissioners have scheduled meetings for next Tuesday or Wednesday for arguments in the case. The AP reports that as long as the case is unresolved that Idaho Power can't turn off the electricity at Hoku's Pocatello plant.

Idaho Power had threatened to turn off the power on Tuesday at Hoku's just-completed plant after Hoku failed to pay its $1.9 million November electricity bill.

Hoku filed a protest against the termination notice with Idaho regulators, arguing that cutting the power to the plant during the winter would put equipment and electronics at risk of freezing.

Idaho Power argued that the protest was a stalling tactic.

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