The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings on Nov. 10 issued an order laying out a review schedule on the Oct. 7 application by Entergy Texas for approval of the 993-MW Montgomery County Power Station project.
On Nov. 2, the parties appeared for an initial prehearing conference. Appearances were entered by Entergy Texas, Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, various Texas cities, Merrimac Energy Group, East Texas Electric Cooperative, the Office of Public Utility Counsel and commission staff. At the prehearing, the parties agreed to a procedural schedule that includes:
- Deadline for intervention – Nov. 21, 2016
- Written discovery on ETI direct testimony – March 31, 2017
- Intervenor direct testimony – March 31, 2017
- Staff direct testimony – April 7, 2017
- Discovery on intervenor and staff direct testimony – April 28, 2017
- Staff and intervenor cross rebuttal testimony – April 28, 2017
- Entergy rebuttal testimony – April 28, 2017
- All discovery complete, including depositions – May 12, 2017
- Prehearing conference (if requested) – May 1, 2017
- Hearing on the merits – May 22-24, 2017.
The project involves the construction 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. The site for this project is at ETI’s existing Lewis Creek power plant, which is located near Willis in Montgomery County.
Pending approval from the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Entergy Texas is proposing to begin construction in the first quarter of 2019. Entergy Texas expects the plant to be in service by summer 2021.
Entergy Texas provides electricity to more than 430,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR), an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations.