PacifiCorp Electric Operations has formed a new company to operate its coal mines in Emery County.

Energy West Mining Co., a subsidiary of PacifiCorp Electric Operations, will operate the coal mines previously run by the UP&L Mining division.Dan Baker was named president of Energy West. Baker was operations manager for UP&L's Mining division.

J. Brett Harvey, vice president of Fuel Resources for PacifiCorp Electric Operations, said the change will give the mining operation a more distinct identity, since it already operates as a separate company.

Energy West employees will experience few operational changes, according to a company news release.

The company's headquarters will remain in Huntington and it will continue to operate the Cottonwood and Deer Creek mines. Those mines supply coal for UP&L's Hunter and Huntington power plants.

"It will be business as usual for our employees," Baker said. "The Cottonwood and Deer Creek mines have a unique mission to supply coal for the base-load power generating facilities in Emery County. We will continue to do that job efficiently, stressing safety as our No. 1 priority."

Energy West will rank as one of the nation's largest underground coal producers. Its mining division in 1989 produced about 6.8 million tons of coal.

PacifiCorp Electric Operations is comprised of Pacific Power, with headquarters in Portland, Ore; Utah Power with headquarters in Salt Lake City and Power Supply, with headquarters in Salt Lake City.