A committee appointed by the Intermountain Power Agency to study future developments at the Intermountain Power Plant near Delta is studying the feasibility of a third unit.

The plant has two 800-megawatt units and officials plan to build a third one if or when the need arises. That need isn't here yet, but it may be sooner than anticipated.At present, there is no demand for more power, and owners don't believe there will be a need for it through the balance of the decade. But Reece Nielsen, chairman of the IPA board of directors, reported at the annual meeting that there may be alternatives. These are being studied by the committee although it is doubtful the unit will be built until a power consumer source is found.

The chairman said company officials hope the Wyoming "coal issue" won't surface again and that, although there was no written contract, they plan to honor a "gentleman's agreement" made 10 years ago with former Utah Gov. Scott Matheson to burn Utah coal at the plant. The issue was related to a statement by a fuel supply engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that IPP would test underground bituminous coal from Wyoming and Colorado for possible plant use.

The IPP is owned by the Intermountain Power Agency, a consortium of California and Utah cities and towns. Power from the plant is not currently needed in Utah, so it is being sold in California.