The Ute Indian Tribe, Uintah and Ouray Reservation, has announced plans to undertake the development of a 1,000 megawatt natural gas-fired generation facility on tribal lands.
The power plant will enable the Tribe to utilize its vast land and energy resources that contain enormous potential for electricity, transmission, renewables and natural gas-related projects, states a press release from tribal attorneys at Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan.
This project represents an exceptionally valuable opportunity for the benefit of Tribal Members and the surrounding community.
At this time, the Tribe is examining its energy infrastructure on the Reservation to develop a comprehensive plan for moving forward with this generation facility, according to the press release.
“The Business Committee encourages and supports the development of the Tribe’s resources in a manner that will provide long-term and sustained benefits to the Tribe so that our members can look forward to a clean energy future,” said Ronald Wopsock, the Vice-Chairman of the Ute Tribal Business Committee and a member of the steering committee established by the Tribe to oversee the project.
“Not only will this project advance energy independence for the Tribe and the United States as a whole, it will also utilize the most advanced emission controls available, making it one of the cleanest natural gas-fired power plants in the United States. As a result, the project will serve as a source of clean energy to replace outdated coal fired power plants, such as the Bonanza Plant in the Uintah Basin, which have caused significant damage to the local environment,” Wopsock said. (…)