Officials in other Utah municipalities predicted only a minimal impact or no impact at all on their budgets. That's because California cities buy most of the power from IPP and Utah towns buy theirs from multiple sources.
"We're diversified enough that it doesn't matter," said Hyrum Mayor Dean Howard. "It doesn't affect us at all.
"All of our power is laid off to California," said Von Mellor, director of Parowan's power department. "They pick up the power, and they'll pick up the cost."
Contributing: Jared Page
INTERMOUNTAIN POWER PROJECT
First Unit Startup: 1986
Location: Millard County, Utah, near Delta.
Owner: Intermountain Power Agency (nonprofit)
Participants: 23 municipalities in Utah, 6 in California
Generates electricity for 1.5 million homes
Operating Revenues in 2011: $667.17 million
Debt: $2.33 billion
Largest buyer: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
More than 80 percent of power goes to Southern California
Consequences of Unit No. 1 Failure:
• Higher cost for electricity from Unit No. 2
• Some participants may see cost increases
• Daily electricity sales reduced by half
• Coal burning reduced by half
• 88 coal truck drivers laid off in Salina
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