State Approves Plans for Power Plant

State Approves Plans for Power Plant

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State air-quality officials have given final approval to the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to build a 140-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant in Payson.

The $100 million plant is scheduled for completion in June 2004, UAMPS customer service manager Jackie Makin Coombs said.

UAMPS, a cooperative that represents 23 Utah municipalities that own their own electrical power distribution systems, has sold all of the output from the Payson facility to 17 of its members. Springville, Payson, St. George, Logan, Kaysville and Lehi will get most of the power, she said.

The plant, which will be built by Colorado Energy Management, will produce enough electricity to power about 107,000 homes.

St. George will own approximately 13 percent of the project, said Phillip Solomon, energy services director for the city.

The city needs the extra power from the Payson plant to help it meet demand during hours of peak electrical usage without having to buy power on the open market.

The Payson plant will be built northwest of Payson, adjacent to the city's wastewater treatment plant and existing electric generating facilities.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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