Energy Future makes progress on permitting Texas gas-fired projects

Energy Future Holdings in its Nov. 4 quarterly Form 10-Q statement updated its efforts to obtain air permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for gas-fired additions at existing power plants.

Notable is that Energy Future Holdings and various affiiliated companies, including power generator Luminant, are still in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and any plans for new capacity, besides being dependent on factors like market demand for this power, also depend on the company emerging from Chapter 11 with these power plants still under its control.

“In October 2014, the TCEQ granted air permits to Luminant to build two natural gas combustion turbine generation units totaling 420 MW to 460 MW at its existing Lake Creek generation facility,” said the Form 10-Q. “In August 2014, Luminant filed an air permit application with the TCEQ to build a combined cycle natural gas generation unit totaling 730 MW to 810 MW at its existing DeCordova generation facility. In August 2013, the TCEQ granted air permits to Luminant to build two natural gas combustion turbine generation units totaling 420 MW to 460 MW at its existing DeCordova generation facility. The proposed combined cycle natural gas generation unit would be an alternative to the natural gas combustion turbine generation units at DeCordova. In February 2014, the TCEQ granted air permits to Luminant to build two natural gas combustion turbine generation units totaling 420 MW to 460 MW at its existing Tradinghouse generation facility. In January 2014, Luminant filed an air permit application with the TCEQ to build a combined cycle natural gas turbine generation unit totaling 730 MW to 810 MW at its existing Eagle Mountain generation facility.”

The Form 10-Q added: “While we believe current market conditions do not provide adequate economic returns for the development or construction of these facilities, we believe additional generation resources will be needed to support future electricity demand growth and reliability in the ERCOT market.” 

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