Partners and power purchasers involved in the 1,800 MW, coal-fired Intermountain Power Project in Utah are busy laying the legal foundation to facilitate converting the plant to run on natural gas. Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a bill that enables the municipally-owned facility to convert to gas, explained Intermountain Power Agency spokesperson John Ward. That law took effect in May and cleared the way for the 61 power purchasers and owner partners in the facility to negotiate changes in their complex contracts to allow conversion. Ward said parties will seek to gage the degree of interest in purchasing natural gas-fired power from the facility and then decide how to proceed. Los Angeles Department of Water & Power--which currently is contracted to take 60 percent of the plant’s power--indicates it could use natural-gas fired power from a reworked Intermountain plant to help meet demand growth and firm intermittent renewable energy. Ward notes the project is in a perfect location for converting to natural gas, straddling a supply pipeline, already having transmission lines to move power to LADWP and into Nevada, and access to cooling water.