Texas lays out initial review schedule for Entergy’s 993-MW Montgomery project

The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) said in an Oct. 20 notice that it will hold an Oct. 28 initial prehearing conference on the Oct. 7 application by Entergy Texas Inc. (ETI) for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to construct the gas-fired Montgomery County Power Station in Montgomery County, Texas.

The project involves the contruction of a new combined-cycle gas turbine facility with 993 MW of nameplate capacity. The current cost estimate of the project is $937.3 million, inclusive of the estimated costs of transmission upgrades, contingency, an allowance for funds used during construction, and expenses related to obtaining commission certification. ETI anticipates that the project will increase adequate and reliable service to its customers by addressing anticipated capacity deficits, resulting in an expected $1.7 billion in net benefits to ETI’s customers through supply cost savings over the life of the plant.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas referred this case to the SOAH on Oct. 11, requesting the assignment of an Administrative Law Judge to conduct a hearing and issue a proposal for decision, if such is necessary. The commission indicated in the order of referral that staff and any interested party may submit a list of proposed issues by Oct. 21. The commission also stated that it will issue a preliminary order based on its open meeting currently scheduled for Nov. 10.

At the Oct. 28 prehearing conference, the parties should be prepared to discuss: ETI’s aplication, notice, and request for an intervention deadline; any procedural matter; any pending motions including motions to intervene; any deadlines; the procedural schedule including hearing dates; and any other relevant matter.

Requests to intervene in this case have been granted to Texas Industrial Energy Consumers and the Office of Public Utility Counsel.

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