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University of Iowa looks at new power plant

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa wants to build a $70 million power plant.

The plant would help provide electricity and steam for buildings on the west side of campus.

University officials say the plant would be a backup generator for University Hospitals and Clinics and research buildings.

Those buildings are powered by the university's main power plant, which is on the Iowa River which was knocked offline for four months during the floods of 2008.

AS a result, the hospital was forced to cancel nonessential surgeries and procedures.

Officials say a new plant would be powered by natural gas and would be away from the Iowa River and would continue to provide power during a major flood.

The Iowa Board of Regents has given the initial approval to begin planning.

 

Online Producer-Chris Becker

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