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Idaho Power has scheduled a demand response event for the Irrigation Peak Rewards Program for today, Friday, July 31, 2020 from 2 to 6 PM.

Participation in the Idaho Power Peak Rewards Program

Each irrigation season, the board of directors will decide if it’s in the best interest of the district to participate in the Idaho Peak Rewards Program.  From June 15th to August 15th, the Peak Rewards program provides a significant financial incentive for turning off the irrigation pumps during specific hours when summer demand for energy is high.  A minimum of three events occur each season for no more than four hours each.   Idaho Power will typically provide us notification four hours before each event.  Your ditch rider will then make suggestions as to which four hour shut down period best suits the continuity of water flow in the ditches that supply water to your irrigation systems.

In order for the district to manage these events, it’s imperative that the district’s farming customers shut off their water for the recommended four hour period.  Failure to do so will prompt your ditch rider to take measures to insure compliance, including that of locking the head gate which supplies water to your property.   Because of time constraints, it’s impossible for the district to notify all of its lawn and garden customers before an event.

The district realizes that these occurrences are inconvenient and can have a significant impact on farming operations, but the monetary incentive is presently equal to about $12.00 per acre.  Idaho power pumping costs are in excess of 50% of the expenses for the district.  Proper irrigation management plays an important role in reducing water use and power costs.