Navasota permits 543-MW peaker in Grayson County, Texas

The planned Van Alstyne Energy Center of Navasota Energy is a 543-MW simple-cycle gas-fired facility to be located in Grayson County, Texas.

Navasota Energy, an independent power developer focused on Texas, said on its website that it applied for an air permit on this project in June.

Said a July 1 notice from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on this application: “Navasota North Country Peakers Operating Company I LLC has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for issuance of State Air Quality Permit Number 121051 andissuance of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Air Quality Permit Number PSDTX1418, which would authorize construction of an electrical power generation facility.”

The Navasota Energy website said this facility will consist of three highly-efficient, 181-MW gas-fired turbines. Upon completion, this facility will support peak energy demands in the North Zone of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

The Ffcility is anticipated to begin commercial operation during spring 2017. it is expected to operate less than 1,000 hours per year during ERCOT peak electric demand periods reducing dependency on older inefficient power generation plants.

The Van Alstyne Energy Center will, among other things, support the development of additional renewable generation by closing the generating gap caused when renewable energy suddenly drops offline. It would employ “quick start” turbines which can achieve 100% power production in 10 minutes. The company would use the General Electric 7FA turbine.

Navasota Energy also applied with the Texas commission in June for air permits on two other 543-MW, simple-cycle gas plants, called the Union Valley Energy Center (in Wilson County) and the Clear Springs Energy Center (Guadalupe County).

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