CenterPoint files interconnect deal for 1,124-MW Colorado Bend III project

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC on Jan. 19 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with Colorado Bend II Power LLC for a 1,124.6-MW power project.

This is called the Colorado Bend III Generation Project, with a Point of Interconnection at CenterPoint’s Bailey Substation, located at 1268 County Road 112, Wharton County, Texas. The plant will be comprised of three generators with a total net spring rating of approximately 1,124.6 MW, which is projected to be the plant’s Net Dependable Capability, as defined by ERCOT requirements.

The plant would consist of two General Electric 7HA.02 natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators rated at approximately 317.2 MW each and one steam turbine generator rated at approximately 490.2 MW.

The project schedule is:

  • transmission infrastructure in-service date – Oct. 1, 2016;
  • scheduled generation trial operation date – the later of Oct. 1, 2016 or one month after the transmission in-service date; and
  • scheduled generation commercial operation date – the later of six months after the transmission in-service date or July 11, 2017.

A project contact is: Colorado Bend II Power LLC, Justin Coldeway, Plant Manager, 3863 S. State Hwy. 60, Wharton, TX 77488 Generation Dispatch Primary Number 410-468-3750,

Exelon (NYSE: EXC) said in July 2015 that it was officially starting construction at a new 1,000-MW, combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Texas. Senior executives from Exelon GenerationAlstomGeneral Electric (NYSE: GE) and Zachry were joined by community leaders from Wharton, Texas, to officially break ground on the Colorado Bend Generating Station. The new construction adds to the existing 498-MW natural gas plant at the site that was completed in two phases in the 2007-2008 period. The new unit is expected in commercial operation in 2017.

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