ONLINE EXCLUSIVE — Photo gallery of Bountiful's new natural gas turbine generators
Bountiful Economic Development Director Aric Jensen pretends to spin a wheel on the roof of the building at 200 West that houses two new natural gas generators
Bountiful Light & Power director Allen Johnson points to the manual shut-off station inside the new control room at the facility on 200 West
Bountiful Councilwoman Beth Holbrook looks inside the soundproof doors encasing a new natural gas turbine generator at Bountiful Light & Power.
Bountiful Councilman John Marc Knight peers into a turbine generator during a tour of the new system on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Smoke stacks, cooling tanks and other support systems for two new generators are visible from the rear of their buliding on 200 West in Bountiful, but are largely hidden from view on the street by a brick facade.
A massive bank of blue air filters on the roof of the Bountiful Light & Power building help bring in outside air to cool new generators, saving hundreds of gallons of water for the electric utility annually.
The inner workings of a new natural gas turbine were on display during a recent city council tour of the updated building.
— Just a few years ago, the diesel-powered generators at Bountiful Light & Power poured tons of visible steam and invisible nitrogen oxide pollutants into the air each year, clouding the city's beautiful skyline.
After new natural gas turbine generators were installed in June, the only visible emissions are, quite literally, hot air.
Barely visible to the naked eye, air heated to between 800 and 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit escapes one smokestack hidden behind a brick facade on the building at 200 West.
The new system also emits nitrogen oxide, but at 11-percent lower levels than the old system. Simultaneously, the new machines create three times as much power. The city spent $25 million on the project, incurring debt for $15 million of that cost.
Check out our online-only photo gallery of a recent tour of the generators and building updates by the Bountiful City Council. Photos by Rebecca Palmer, Clipper Editor.firstname.lastname@example.org