PacifiCorp scraps plans for coal plants in Utah

PacifiCorp scraps plans for coal plants in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- PacifiCorp has notified regulators that it is scrapping plans to build coal-fired power plants in Utah because of the possibility that Congress could start regulating carbon emissions and raise the cost of coal generation.

Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp told utility commissions in Utah and Oregon that it was removing coal-plant construction from its strategic plans for the next 10 years. PacifiCorp operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

The decision means the utility will not be adding new coal-fired units at three Utah power stations. Some of the power would have been exported to other states in the West.

PacifiCorp did not plan to build any coal-fired plants in Oregon, but Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen says the utility's plans for coal power were "met with a resounding thud" in both Utah and Oregon.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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