Navasota permits 543-MW peaker in Guadalupe County, Texas

Navasota Energy said on its website that in June it applied for air permit on the Clear Springs Energy Center, a 543-MW simple-cycle gas-fired facility located in Guadalupe County, Texas.

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

Advantages of the project, the website noted, include that it would ensure increased reliability of the ERCOT systems grid for the growing Seguin and New Braunfels Area. It would also support the development of additional renewable generation by closing the generating gap caused when renewable energy suddenly drops offline. These would be General Electric 7FA turbines.

Said a June 23 notice from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: “Navasota South Peakers Operating Company II LLC, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for issuance of State Air Quality Permit Number 120849 and issuance of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Air Quality Permit Number PSDTX1414, which would authorize construction of the Clear Springs Energy Center located approximately ten miles northwest of Seguin in Guadalupe County, Texas.”

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