A project to transform a public sector coal-fired power plant in Delta, UT, into a combination hydrogen-natural gas generation facility that would move power to Los Angeles is being heralded as a breakthrough.

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Utah’s Intermountain Power Agency (IPA), which serves 21 municipal power utilities, contracted Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems to build a gas turbine system to replace the coal-fired plant, pegged to cost $2 billion. 

University of California, Irvine’s Jack Brouwer, who directs the National Fuel Cell Research Center, told NGI the facility “is the most significant project for demonstrating the potential of hydrogen in the West.”

The revamped 840 MW plant by 2025 initially would use a 30% hydrogen mix, increasing each year until 2045, when it would be 100%...