Intermountain Power Project’s switch from coal to hydrogen could power rural Utah job growth

October 5, 2021

Utah’s largest coal-fired power plant is headed to early retirement in 2025, but the Intermountain Power Project’s transition to natural gas and hydrogen could offset associated job losses suffered by the state’s flagging coal industry if it kickstarts a green-energy revolution in Utah.

That’s according to a new report by the Utah Foundation exploring the economic impact of the Intermountain Power Authority’s (IPA) plan, dubbed IPP Renewed, to move its 40-year-old Millard County plant away from the fossil fuel most closely associated with climate change.

“IPP’s unique location, physical facilities, trained workforce and even the geology beneath the Project make it the ideal location for scaling up technologies such as green hydrogen production and storage,” states the Intermountain Power Authority’s 2020 annual report.

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