Utah’s Largest Coal Plant to Close, Convert By 2025

By Editors of Power Engineering

Thanks to a California prohibition on purchasing power generated from coal, Utah’s largest coal-fired power plant will shut down by 2025, Deseret News reported.

Much of the 1,800-MW Intermountain Power Plant near Delta, Utah, will be converted to 1,200 MW of natural gas generation, the Intermountain Power Agency announced. The conversion is expected as early as late 2019.

Intermountain Power Plant currently sells much of its power to southern California, though California regulations prohibit the purchase of coal-generated electricity when existing contracts expire.

“We are saddened to announce this decision, but factors beyond our control make continued operation of the coal units unfeasible after their current power purchase agreements expire,” said Ted Olson, chairman of the board of directors for the Intermountain Power Agency.

Olson said the next eight years will be a time of “transition” for employees, but did not specify how many workers will retain their jobs.

Deseret News noted IPP has developed other sources of energy in the region, including a 306-MW wind facility, salt done caverns to store natural gas liquids and solar projects under development.