Texas commission works on permit for Halyard Energy Wharton proejct

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality posted to its website on Aug. 4 a July 31 notice that says it plans to issue an air permit to a power project, but provides little information about that project.

Halyard Energy Wharton, LLC, 1200 Smith Street, Suite 1600, Houston, Texas 77002-4403, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for issuance of Proposed Air Quality Permit Number 129329, which would authorize construction of Halyard Wharton Energy Center located near El Campo, Wharton County, Texas 77437.

“This application was submitted to the TCEQ on December 22, 2014. The proposed facility will emit the following contaminants: organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter including particulate matter with diameters of 10 microns or less and 2.5 microns or less, sulfuric acid mist and hazardous air pollutants.

“The executive director has completed the technical review of the application and prepared a draft permit which, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The executive director has made a preliminary decision to issue the permit because it meets all rules and regulations.”

A listed project contact is: Halyard Energy Wharton LLC, Christopher Depodesta, Authorized Representative, (713) 353-8757.

The company address given by the TCEQ matches that on the minimal website of Halyard Energy Ventures LLC, which says the company is involved in developing gas-fired peaking plants in Texas.

A company profile on the website LinkedIn says: “Halyard Energy Ventures LLC is headquartered in Houston, Texas and is the limited liability managing group formed for sole purpose to develop and manage a portfolio of greenfield generation within ERCOT. ERCOT requires an increasing amount of flexible, quick-start, efficient peaking capacity to balance its generation mix. Halyard has established a strong presence in ERCOT by implementing a targeted clean energy development strategy, focused on low fixed cost profile, top tier locations and portfolio diversification. As a critical peak resource for the primary ERCOT load centers, the diversified portfolio is uniquely positioned to deliver energy in and around the major metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas and Houston.” The LinkedIn profile gives Karl Dahlstrom and Chris DePodesta as company executives.

A June 10 report in the El Campo Leader-News said that Wharton County commissioners agreed to give this project a 10-year tax abatement, but didn’t give any details on the project itself.

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