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PacifiCorp seeks Utah power plant approval

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SALT LAKE CITY — Power provider PacifiCorp has asked Utah's Public Service Commission to approve its plan to build a new natural gas power plant.

The plant would be built adjacent to an existing plant in Vineyard, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Project plans call for two natural gas combined-cycle combustion turbines and generators. A steam turbine generator would produce electricity from the exhaust heat of the combustion turbines.

The plant would generate about 637 megawatts — enough electricity for about 326,000 homes.

In a news release, PacifiCorp says it hopes to have the project approved by April and have the plant operating by 2014.

Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah and as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and northern California.