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Lassen,County TimesfWestwood PinePress Tuesday, May 1 2007 91B Q meets wr ;rs By Patrick Shillito Staff Writer After an overview on the company and how it relates to some of its other members, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems Doug Hunter explained briefly the status on Intermountain Power Plant 3, a project the Lassen Municipal Utility District has had a chief interest in since December at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, April 24. This was the first time the LMUD board members got to meet with hunter, general manager of UAMPS. Hunter was at the meeting to provide both a more com- prehensive overview of UAMPS, a conglomeration of over 50-plus power companies from across mostly the west- ern half of the United States, which LMUD became a mem- ber of at the end of last year. While outlining the current relationship between LMUD and UAMPS, he also gave a brief progress report on the status of the state-of-the-art coal powered power plant that LMUD signed up for a share of, the Intermountain Power Project Unit 3. "We're project-based, and all the members get to decide what Projects they get to (par- ticipate) in," Hunter said. "We currently have 14 pro- jects, including IPP3. Not all of our members are involved in any one project." Hunter explained many of the facets of the Utah-based company and the types of relationships they have had with its members, from buy- ing surplus power off of some of its members to selling it to other members, all through what Hunter described as the biggest project (most widely participated in), which he called a pool system. He described this system as a benefit for all UAMPS mem- bers looking to either acquire or sell off power through the company's network. ii:i :i H nter said is located 25ffhhiles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, is part of a larger project being run by UAMPS, called the Intermountain Power Project. Already up and running are IPP1 and 2, two POWer plants that account for 1,800 megawatts of coal fire gener- ation, according to Hunter. Hunter also said these two side-bY-side power plants con- stitute what he called an air of coal fire generation. Hunte said UAMPS went through a different type of power crisis in the early 1980's, in which there was too much power being produced creating an unnecessary sur- plus, forcing the Western Systems Coordinating Council to downsize several power sites, including IPP1 and 2. Both plants were down- sized to producing only 750 megawatts. Since then, they have both been upgraded to producing 900 megawatts, just like the finished result of IPP3 is pro- jected to produce, Hunter said. The bottom line Hunter said, is that when IPP3 is com- pleted, it will be the most technologically advanced, cleanest burning coal fire power plant in the country. By 2015, the share to be reaped by LMUD will be roughly 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. After Hunter's presenta- tion, regular meeting busi- ness quickly resumed. Assistant General Manager Ray Luhring gave his month- ly report on outages in the area, as well as updates on certain substations around Lassen County. Luhring said LMUD is cur- rently doing everything it can to get a new transformer for the Meadowview Substation, as they are currently working off a portable device on loan from the state. Luhring's monthly update on his UAMPS members meeting was slightly overshadowed by Hunter's presence and previ- ous report, but was still bene- ficial to the board. SmartBuilt ttomes Public Benefits Specialist Theresa Boucher gave a power- point presentation on the success of LMUD's pilot home energy efficiency pro- shed attainment area, which he said doesn't hav6 any pol- lution problems. He called it the biggest air shed in the state of Utah. The site where both plants now sit was originally designed for 3,000 megawatts gram, the SmartBuilt Homes program. Stoneco Construction ini- tially built three homes to LMUD's power saving specifi- cations. They were built to exceed California's Title 24 efficiency bill by at least 10 percent, yet the quality of the construction has allowed the homes to exceed their origi- nal estimates, Boucher said. All three homes arenow occu- pied. with another five homes currently under construc- tion, almost all in the same area on Overlook Drive, just off of Skyline Drive. Future plans for the project will include more homes being built under a first come first serve basis, builder's training for SmartBuilt homes during the summer, and a retrofitting program to allow older homes to become more energy efficient as well. The only important action item voted on during the meeting was the approval of a service agreement between LMUD and Virchow, Krause and Company, LLP, a certified public accounting firm. LMUD accountant Bill Stewart said he looked into the firm taking over auditing services for LMUD, citing the accounting firm as having a solid track record with other businesses. He said they even have plenty of experience in doing audit services for other power companies, specifically the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The board approved the switch unani- mously, despite the increased cost of its new CPA firm and minus the vote of absent board member Darrell Wood. 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