BOISE -- In a follow up to a story we brought you in February, the Public Utilities Commission has said no to Idaho Power's plan to raise rates and fees on customers who generate small amounts of their own power.

About 386 homeowners and small businesses offset their electricity use by hooking up solar panels or small wind turbines to the power grid.

Idaho Power proposed quadrupling the monthly service charge those customers pay -- saying they have incurred some costs that are being passed on to other customers.

The PUC rejected the service charge increase, but approved Idaho Power's proposal to change the procedures those net-metering customers use to connect to the power grid.

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