The recent volatility in the energy market was greatly affecting the power department budget in the city of Hurricane, Utah. Hurricane City Power serves the 12,000 residents and businesses in this burgeoning community in Utah’s far southwest corner. Retirees and others looking for warm winters and breathtaking scenery have made the region one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. Hurricane’s population surged from 8,250 in 2000 to 12,084 in 2006 — an increase of 46.5 percent. That growth put stress on the municipal power system, especially in the summer when daytime temperatures often reach or exceed 110º F. This demand, coupled with high prices on the energy market, forced the city to dip into budgetary reserves to pay for power a few years in a row, according to City Manager Clark Fawcett.
Six Cat G3520C natural gas generator sets with Cat Oxidation Catalysts have been installed in the last several years: two in 2004, one in 2005 and another three in 2007. Of the 2007 additions, one is dedicated to support the power needs of the nearby city of Washington and is used when supplemental power is needed there.