Deseret Power Electric Cooperative

From Global Energy Monitor
Deseret Power Electric Cooperative
TypeMunicipal Cooperative
Headquarters10714 South Jordan Gateway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Area servedAZ, CO, NV, UT, WY
Key peopleKimball Rasmussen, CEO
IndustryElectric Producer and Distributor
Revenue$218.8 million (2007)[1]

Deseret Power Electric Cooperative is a Utah-based generation and transmission power company that serves member cooperatives and municipality customers in Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada. It was founded in 1978 by six rural electrics cooperatives.

The power company owns the Bonanza Power Plant near Bonanza, Utah, and owns high voltage transmission lines to deliver power to its approximately 45,000 customers.

In 2005, Deseret Power began providing a green power option to its customers through renewable energy certificates.[2].

Power Projects Sponsored by Deseret Power

The Bonanza Power Plant expansion project was the first coal plant to receive an Environmental Protection Agency permit following a Supreme Court ruling in April 2007 that allows the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases.[3]. A number of groups (Western Resource Advocates, the Sierra Club, and Environmental Defense) have appealed the permit on the grounds that CO2 emissions were not considered.

Power portfolio

Out of Deseret Power's total 500 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005, 100% comes from the Bonanza coal-fired power plant, located in Utah.[4]

Existing coal-fired power plants

Deseret Power had one coal-fired generating station in 2005, with 500 MW of capacity:[4][5][6]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Bonanza UT Uintah 1986 500 MW 4,376,000 tons 864 tons

Deseret Power Member Cooperatives

  • Bridger Valley Electric (Mt. View, Wyoming)
  • Dixie Escalante Rural Electric (Beryl, Utah)
  • Garkane Energy (Loa, Utah)
  • Moon Lake Electric (Roosevelt, Utah)
  • Mt. Wheeler Power (Ely, Nevada)

Company Information

Deseret Power
10714 South Jordan Gateway
South Jordan, Utah
(801) 619-6500


  1. Deseret Generation and Transmission Cooperative, Hoovers, accessed July 2008.
  2. "Green Power Markets" U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website, January 2005
  3. “Utah Power Plant in the Spotlight” Joe Bauman, Deseret Morning News, September 21, 2007
  4. 4.0 4.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  5. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  6. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.

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