University of Iowa proposes $75 million power plant

University of Iowa plans steam generating power plant

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials are ready to begin planning a steam production plant on the west side of the school's campus.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen ( ) reports that officials have asked the Iowa state Board of Regents for permission to begin planning the $75 million production plant that will be adjacent to the school's new backup power facility.

University interim senior vice president Rod Lehnertz says that construction will likely take two years, and that the facility should be operational in four years.

The plant would be fueled by natural gas, but the building site allows the use of biofuel sources that would transport to the facility by rail.

Officials estimate that the proposed facility initially will be capable of delivering 150,000 pounds per hour of steam, and could be expanded up to 300,000 pounds per hour.

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