Rural Utilities Service reviews Brazos Electric plans for new gas-fired power plant

The federal Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to hold a public scoping workshop and prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) on plans by Brazos Electric Power Cooperative to construct and operate a new gas-fired combustion turbine generation facility.

The project, called the Hill County Generation Facility, is proposed by Brazos Electric of Waco, Texas. RUS may provide financial assistance for the project. The public scoping workshop is scheduled for May 21 in Itasca, Texas.

Said the RUS in a notice to be published in the May 7 Federal Register: “Brazos is proposing to construct a new gas-fired combustion turbine generation facility and is evaluating a potential site located in Hill County, Texas. The 40 acre site is located in the northeast corner of Hill County approximately 8 miles east of Itasca, Texas on FM 66 just west of the Hill County line. Associated facilities include a 4.5 mile gas pipeline and new switching facilities to connect the generation plant to existing transmission lines crossing the site.” The notice doesn’t give further project details.

Based on a review of the EA and other relevant information, RUS will determine if the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is necessary. Should RUS determine that an Environmental Impact Statement is not necessary, it will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact.

A project contact is: Dave McDaniel, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, 7616 Bagby Avenue, Waco, Texas 76712, Telephone: (254) 750-6324,

Brazos Electric is a 3,763-MW generation and transmission cooperative whose members’ service territory extends across 68 counties from the Texas Panhandle to Houston.

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