The timing and location for the proposal have yet to be determined.
The Utah tribe's aim is to tap its large holdings of natural gas reserves "to replace outdated coal-fired power plants, such as the Bonanza Plant in the Uinta Basin, which have caused significant damage to the local environment," Wopsock said.
Such a plant would be the third largest in Utah, on par with Rocky Mountain Power's Huntington coal-fired station in Emery County and capable of powering 300,000 to 500,000 homes.
"The Business Committee encourages and supports the development of the tribe's resources in a manner that will provide long-term and sustained benefits to the tribe so that our members can look forward to a clean energy future," said Wopsock, a member of the steering committee established to oversee the project.
"Utah doesn't allow gaming," he said, "so we have to look at [other] avenues to generate revenue for our people."
The plant would create 950 construction jobs and generate plenty of indirect employment through the development of pipelines and transmission infrastructure, according to the tribe. It would then inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the area economy during its first decade of operations, the tribe said.