Bonneville Pacific, a Salt Lake-based independent power producer, has been selected to build a cogeneration power facility on a new 85-acre campus at Emerson College in Lawrence, Mass.

Raymond L. Hixson, BP president, said construction of the college buildings and related facilities will begin next spring and be completed in 1992. There will be about 2,500 students located on the new campus.The college board of trustees selected Bonneville Pacific through its Philadelphia, Pa., regional office.

Harry Morgan, Emerson's vice president for new college development, said, "We are pleased that we were able to take advantage of the opportunity for cost savings offered by cogeneration."

Hixson said a cogeneration facility is a power plant designed to produce electricity and thermal energy. The college's facility likely will consist of a natural gas-fired turbine similar to an aircraft jet engine, a heat recovery system and a steam turbine.

The thermal energy at the Emerson plant will be used to produce hot water for the campus heating system and steam to run the chillers for the air conditioning system for the 12 buildings on campus. The electrical energy will be sold to a local utility.