The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued two Nov. 14 notices of air permit applications from NRG Texas Power LLC for new additions to existing power plants.
- NRG Texas Power applied Nov. 10 for a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit, which would authorize construction of the Unit 5 facility at the S.R. Bertron Station located at La Porte in Harris County, Texas.
- NRG Texas Power also applied Nov. 10 for a GHG permit that would authorize construction of the Unit 5 facility at the Cedar Bayou Station located at Baytown in Chambers County, Texas.
No other project details were given in the notices. The project contact in both cases is: NRG Texas Power LLC, 1201 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77002-6929, Craig R. Eckberg, Senior Manager Environmental Business, (832) 357-5291.
NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) said in a July filing at the Texas Public Utility Commission that it has been permitting about 1,400 MW of new capacity in the area around Houston: the Cedar Bayou Unit 5, 2×1 combined cycle gas turbine facility (about 700 MW net); and S.R. Bertron Unit 5, 2×1 combined cycle gas turbine facility (about 700 MW net).
Notable is that the TCEQ recently took over GHG PSD permitting in Texas from EPA Region 6, which had handled this type of permitting while the Texas commission formulated its own permitting program.