Texas has a slate of new power plants that are either on-line, or will be

An Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) report released on Dec. 1, called “Capacity, Demand, and Reserves in the ERCOT Region” (CDR), said that reserve margins have increased since the release of the May 2014 version of the CDR report.

New capacity that entered commercial operations since the release of the May 2014 CDR report includes 2,109 MW fueled by natural gas, 710 nameplate MW of wind, and 38 MW of solar. Planned Resources that have finalized the necessary agreements and permits to be added to the CDR report include 1,549 MW of gas, 2,501 nameplate MW of wind, and 105 MW of solar. All of this new CDR-eligible capacity is estimated to enter commercial operations by the summer of 2017.

Significant capacity decreases since the May 2014 CDR include the 524-MW Frontera gas-fired plant and a 230-MW unit of the V.H. Braunig gas-fired plant. The Frontera plant is scheduled to begin exporting capacity to Mexico in 2015. The V.H. Braunig unit will be mothballed effective January 2015.

The following Planned Resources have finalized the necessary agreements and permits to be added to the Dec.1 CDR report:

  • ANTELOPE STATION, Hale County, Gas, on-line in 2016, 0/359 MW, which are summer and winter capacities. Antelope Station will be a Switchable Resource counted during the Winter Peak Season only;
  • GOLDSMITH PEAKERS, Ector County, Gas, on-line in 2015, 380 MW;
  • LA PALOMA ENERGY CENTER, Cameron County, Gas, on-line in 2016, 730 MW;
  • PHR PEAKERS, Galveston County, Gas, on-line in 2015, 388 MW;
  • SKY GLOBAL POWER ONE, Colorado County, Gas, on-line in 2016, 51 MW;
  • OCI ALAMO 5, Uvalde County, Solar, on-line in 2015, 105 MW;
  • CAPROCK WIND, Castro County, Wind, on-line in 2015, 300 MW;
  • JAVELINA WIND ENERGY, Zapata County, Wind, on-line in 2015, 250 MW;
  • LOS VIENTOS IV, Starr County, Wind, on-line in 2016, 200 MW;
  • LOS VIENTOS V, Star County, Wind, on-line in 2016, 200 MW;
  • PALO DURO WIND, Anderson County, Wind, on-line in 2016, 203 MW;
  • PANHANDLE WIND 3, Carson County, Wind, on-line in 2016, 248 MW;
  • PULLMAN ROAD, Randall County, Wind, on-line in 2015, 300 MW;
  • SALT FORK WIND, Gray County, Wind, on-line in 2015, 200 MW;
  • SCANDIA WIND d, Parmer County, Wind, on-line in 2015, 200 MW;
  • SCANDIA WIND e, Parmer County, Wind, on-line in 2015, 200 MW; and
  • SCANDIA WIND f, Parmer County, Wind, on-line in 2016, 200 MW.

The following Planned Resources have been moved to Operational Status since the release of the May 2014 CDR report:

  • DEER PARK ENERGY CENTER CTG 6, Harris County, Gas, 165 MW;
  • PANDA SHERMAN CTG1, Grayson County, Gas, 196 MW;
  • PANDA SHERMAN CTG2, Grayson County, Gas, 195 MW;
  • PANDA SHERMAN STG, Grayson County, Gas, 326 MW;
  • PANDA TEMPLE CTG1, Bell County, Gas, 191 MW;
  • PANDA TEMPLE CTG2, Bell County, Gas, 191 MW;
  • PANDA TEMPLE STG, Bell County, Gas, 335 MW;
  • FERGUSON REPLACEMENT CTG1, Llano County, Gas, 162 MW;
  • FERGUSON REPLACEMENT CTG2, Llano County, Gas, 162 MW;
  • FERGUSON REPLACEMENT STG, Llano County, Gas, 186 MW;
  • BRACKETVILLE SOLAR-OCI ALAMO 4, Kinney County, Solar, 38 MW;
  • GOLDTHWAITE WIND, Mills County, Wind, 149 MW;
  • PANHANDLE WIND, Carson County, Wind, 218 MW;
  • PANHANDLE WIND 2, Carson County, Wind, 182 MW; and
  • SPINNING SPUR WIND TWO, Oldham County, Wind, 161 MW.

In other changes since the last CDR report in May:

  • VH Braunig U2 (230 MW, Gas, Bexar County) was moved from Operational Status to Mothball status starting Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Applied Energy (138 MW, Coal, Harris County) was moved from Mothball status to Retired status effective July 2014.
  • BTU Atkins (109 MW, Gas, Brazos County) was moved from Mothball status to Retired Status effective May 2014.
  • Existing Wind Resources, KUNITZ_WIND_NWP and KUNITZ_WIND_LGE (68 MW, Wind, Culberson County), moved to Retired status effective August 2014.
  • Planned Wind Resource, Moore Wind (149 MW, Wind, Crosby County), was cancelled by the project sponsor effective June 2014.
  • Planned Solar Resource, Mustang Solar Project (30 MW, Solar, Travis County), was cancelled effective September 2014.
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