The city currently has enough electrical capacity to serve its needs but will participate in two studies to examine future generation and transmission opportunities, the Kaysville City Council decided Tuesday.
Kaysville operates its own power company, participating in the Utah Associated Municipal Power Service.Power company manager Walt Mecham requested permission to participate in two UAMPS studies, one to buy into a generating station in New Mexico; one to buy transmission capacity in the main north-south electrical transmission lines through the state.
The council agreed, with the city's share of the $10,000 study costs estimated at just over $500.
Mecham said UAMPS is negotiating to buy 54 megawatts of transmission capacity in the Southwest Transmission Line, a UP&L-owned line serving southern and central Utah between Mona and St. George.
UAMPS first petitioned the state's public service commission to build the transmission line in the late 1970s, Mecham said, sparking a fight that lasted almost a decade.
It was resolved when the commission awarded the permit to UP&L but with the stipulation that other utilities be allowed to share the capacity.
The other study is to examine buying into a power generating facility in northern New Mexico, Mecham said.
Power is available from the unit for $11 per kilowatt, which Mecham said is cheaper than can be obtained by building a new generating station.