UTAH COAL FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ENERGY CONSUMPTION

This study results from the need of Southern California to receive a large part of its electrical energy from coal-fired powerplants located outside of the state. The dependence on coal arises from arrangements made by the electrical utilities of Southern California with officials of the Federal government and of states other than California. Of particular importance is the planned construction of one or two 3,000 megawatt mine-mouth coal-fired electric power plants in Utah from which the majority of electrical power produced would flow to Southern California. Establishment of such plants for this purpose raises a number of unresolved problems. This report addresses each of these issues which are reduced to four major classes arising from: (1) use of Upper Colorado River Basin surface water in the production of energy; (2) degradation of air quality in the area where the plants are sited; (3) choices for the mode of transportation of energy from the producer region to the consumer region; and (4) the socioeconomic impact on the producer region. A proposed Kaiparowits Project, in which a coal region in southern Utah would be used to provide energy for Southern California is described in detail.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also pub. as Lake Powell Research Project, Los Angeles, CA. Contributions 65 thru 70. Sponsored in part by Grant NSF-AEN72-03464.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Office of Environmental Science and Engineering
    Los Angeles, CA  USA  90024

    National Science Foundation

    Engineeing and Applied Science, 1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20550
  • Authors:
    • Grew, P C
    • Simmons, M
    • Sokolow, B
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: 329 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312842
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 76/19, NSF/RA-761766
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-ENV73-03470, NSF-AEN72-03479
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM