The concept for the Project began in 1970 when the Intermountain Consumer Power Association ("ICPA") was notified by the Federal government that there would not be sufficient energy available to meet its needs from the Colorado River Storage Project after 1976. Following this notice, ICPA began considering alternatives for future resources and in 1973 met with a number of Southern California municipalities to explore interest in a joint action agency power project.
As a result of these activities, the Intermountain Power Project Corporation was formed as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Utah on January 18, 1974 for the purpose of investigating the feasibility of constructing and operating a thermal powered generating resource. Shortly thereafter, in July 1974, ICPA and the California Purchasers entered into the IPP Membership and Study Agreement, setting forth membership interests and voting rights in IPP. In March 1977, the Utah State Legislature amended the Act to allow municipalities to jointly develop electric generating facilities, and on June 22, 1977, the 23 Utah municipalities listed above organized IPA as a political subdivision of the State of Utah to finance, construct and operate the Project.
Approximately one year later, on August 24, 1978, Power Sales Contracts were offered and in response the 23 Utah municipalities, six Utah cooperatives, Utah Power & Light Company, and six California municipalities agreed to accept the generation and capacity of the Project. The Power Sales Contracts were signed as of September 28, 1978 with the exception of the California Purchasers which signed as of August 6, 1980. The Power Sales Contracts provide for, among other things, the creation of the Coordinating Committee and for IPA and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (the "Department") to enter into a Construction Management and Operating Agreement.
The three main components of the Project are located primarily in Utah and California. The Generation Station is located near Lynndyl, Millard County, Utah. The STS extends approximately 490 miles from the Generation Station to Adelanto, California with an alternating current/direct current converter station at each end. The Northern Transmission System (the "NTS") consists of two segments. The first segment, consisting of two parallel 345-kV AC transmission lines, extends approximately 50 miles from the Generation Station to a switchyard located near Mona, Utah. The second segment, consisting of a single 230-kV AC transmission line, extends approximately 144 miles from the Generation Station to the Gonder Switchyard located eight miles north of Ely, Nevada.
The West Ridge Project consists of the West Ridge Mine which is now under development in the Book Cliffs coal region in central Utah near East Carbon. The project is owned on a 50/50 basis by Intermountain Power Agency and ANDALEX Resources, Inc. It is being developed and will be operated by West Ridge Resources, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ANDALEX Resources, Inc. ANDALEX will also be responsible for the marketing of the production. West Ridge will be a longwall mining operation with full production planned for the year 2001 at the rate of 3.5 million tons per year.
A portion of the coal used is loaded at the Andalex Loadout located at Wildcat, UT on the Utah RY. IPPX has their own unit train hoppers.
Last Update 01/28/01
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