Independence Power and Light peak power plant at Missouri City and the baseload generation Blue Valley plant need to be replaced by 2014 and 2017, respectively, according to the utility’s director.

Independence Power and Light peak power plant at Missouri City and the baseload generation Blue Valley plant need to be replaced by 2014 and 2017, respectively, according to the utility’s director.

Leon Daggett, IPL director, said because of age and load growth, both the Missouri City and Blue Valley plants are due an upgrade. Daggett made the announcement during a presentation to the City Council on Phase II of the IPL’s master plan study for environmental stewardship, reliable service, reasonable cost and resource diversification.

“Missouri City is our 1955 Chevy,” Daggett said. Missouri City is the city’s peaking power plant, a plant that generally runs only when there is a high demand for electricity. Daggett said the city has to start addressing the needs of Missouri City by 2014. “We are going to spend a lot of money to keep it on the road or we need to replace it.”

Daggett didn’t propose long-term baseload generation resources but needs must be addressed at Blue Valley – including replacement – beginning in 2017. A baseload plant is an energy plant used to meet some or all continuous energy demand and produce energy at a constant rate. Basleoad power is generated through coal, natural gas and/or biomass.

“We are going to continue to look at needs but right now it’s just not there,” Daggett said.

Daggett said Phase II findings also include implementing an action plan for energy efficient programs, transmission system improvements, the pursuit of future renewable energy sources, constructing a gas-fired peaking generation plant to replace Missouri City and monitoring regulatory developments to stay ahead of the curve.

“Anything beneficial to the customers and beneficial to the rates, we are going to do that,” Daggett said.