Category Archives: Spotlight Feature

05.22.2017

Forney and Lamar Power Plants Mark First Anniversary in Luminant’s Fleet

Employees at Luminant's Forney and Lamar Power Plants are celebrating a significant anniversary – officially joining the Luminant team one year ago last month. During this time, the Forney and Lamar plant teams achieved superior operational excellence and continued their longstanding commitment to safety and to proudly serving the Kaufman and Lamar county communities.

Using combined-cycle natural gas technology, Forney and Lamar plants play a key role in powering Texas with safe, reliable, and affordable power, according to Cade Hay, Lamar plant manager.

“These plants are extremely competitive in the ERCOT market, especially during this current period of low natural gas prices,” Hay said. “If gas prices go high again, these plants will still run because they’re highly efficient. I’m proud of our employees and they deserve the utmost recognition for their efforts to enhance plant efficiency and build upon our excellent safety record over the past year.”

In April 2016, Luminant finalized the acquisition of the Forney and Lamar plants, which represent nearly 3,000 megawatts of capacity in the ERCOT market – or enough to power 1.5 million homes in normal conditions.

Forney and Lamar plants are also Star sites, the highest designation of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs. The achievement recognizes employers and workers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

According to Caroline Atkins, Luminant corporate affairs manager, Forney and Lamar plants are also helping to power the Kaufman and Lamar county communities through charitable giving and volunteer support.

“Forney and Lamar plant employees are committed to strengthening the communities where we do business, where we have customers, and where they live, work, and serve,” Atkins said. “From contributing funds to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris to supporting the Forney ISD Education Leadership Foundation, they take pride in serving as good neighbors.”

In addition to the Forney and Lamar combined-cycle natural gas plants, Luminant has a diverse fleet of generation facilities totaling approximately 17,000 MW of generation in Texas, including coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, as well as significant purchases of renewable electricity from wind and solar generation.

Looking for more? Watch an Eye on Luminant video to ignite your interest in combined-cycle technology and find out why Forney and Lamar plants are key assets for powering Texas with safe, reliable, and affordable power.

Lamar plant employees take pride in supporting the Red River Valley region and recently presented a $5,000 corporate donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris.

Helping to make our communities sustainable places to live and work, Luminant and Forney plant employees recently celebrated the grand opening of Forney Fire Station No. 2 with a donation of three Monterrey oak trees.

02.7.2017

Local Experts Encourage Tomorrow’s Scientists at the Granbury ISD Science and Engineering Fair

Helping the next generation of scientists, nearly 20 employees from Luminant’s Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant and DeCordova Power Plant recently volunteered as judges for the Granbury ISD Science and Engineering Fair. Luminant also awarded three $500 scholarships – for a total of $1,500 – to three winning entries as part of the company’s longstanding commitment to educational partnerships, especially those building skills in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

“The company and its employees are proud to invest in our communities and participate in educational outreach activities that empower students to pursue their interests in STEM fields,” said Caroline Atkins, Luminant corporate affairs manager. “There’s a lot of hard work and creativity that goes into each one of these projects and it’s exciting to know that our employees are helping to develop future leaders and scientists.”

For Luminant’s volunteer judges, the science and engineering fair was an opportunity to provide mentorship, pass along real-world knowledge and boost students’ enthusiasm for STEM.

“As an engineer, I’m passionate about science and giving back to the community is what it’s all about,” said Chase Dube, Luminant DeCordova Power Plant engineer and science fair judge. “I remember participating in science fairs when I was younger and learning the importance of asking questions, looking for ways to improve my project and always thinking of new ideas. I see myself in these students and I hope they continue to pursue their passion for science.”

This February, winning projects will advance to the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at the University of Texas at Arlington. Learn more about Luminant’s educational outreach and community initiatives at www.Luminant.com.

11.27.2015

Luminant Announces the Acquisition of the La Frontera Portfolio from NextEra Energy Resources

Combined-cycle gas turbine assets add to the company’s increasingly diverse energy portfolio

DALLAS - Furthering its commitment to powering Texas and serving its customers, Luminant announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire generating assets representing 2,988 MW of capacity in the competitive ERCOT market.

Luminant has agreed to purchase NextEra’s La Frontera portfolio, which consists of Forney Energy Center and Lamar Energy Center, both located in Northeast Texas. La Frontera’s generating capacity has the ability to power about 1.5 million homes during normal conditions.

“These plants are strategic investments that enhance our asset portfolio while building on our existing operations in ERCOT,” said Luminant Chief Executive Officer Mac McFarland.

Luminant adds these combined-cycle gas turbine power plants to an already diverse energy portfolio that includes coal, natural gas and nuclear power, as well as significant purchases of wind-generated electricity and a recently announced solar power purchase agreement.

Key Transaction Terms

  • $1.313 billion purchase price ($440 per installed kilowatt) plus approximately $239 million for cash and approximately $37 million for net working capital, subject to customary adjustments based on the amounts of cash and net working capital at closing.
  • Transaction is expected to close in the spring of 2016, pending customary regulatory approvals.
  • Funding of the purchase price is expected to come from cash on hand as well as borrowings under available credit facilities.
  • The United States Bankruptcy Court and appropriate creditor groups have granted the necessary approvals for the acquisition.

Key La Frontera Portfolio Facts

  • The Forney Energy Center is located in Forney, Texas. It has a capacity of 1,912 MW with a commercial operation date of 2003.
  • Lamar Energy Center is located in Paris, Texas. It has a capacity of 1,076 MW with a commercial operation date of 2000.

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About Luminant

Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. Luminant has more than 13,700 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is a large purchaser of wind-generated electricity. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries in Texas. Visit luminant.com, energyfutureholdings.com or our corporate blog pov.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.

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06.16.2015

Eye on Luminant Video: Go Inside Sandow Unit 5’s Maintenance Outage

Ever wondered what it takes to complete one of these massive tune-ups?

Eye on Luminant Video: Go Inside Sandow Unit 5’s Maintenance Outage

Each year, planned maintenance outages – a series of carefully orchestrated projects – are carried out across Luminant’s power plants to achieve top performance and reliability throughout the summer.

Ever wondered what it takes to complete one of these massive tune-ups? Go behind the scenes in the latest Eye on Luminant video, featuring Sandow plant’s recent Unit 5 maintenance outage, and see how complicated projects were completed with meticulous exactitude, teamwork and as always, a keen focus on safety.

04.24.2015

Job One Profiles: Meet Doug Blevins

spot_KosseHabitatEver wonder what our people do at other sites or within other business units?

Job One Profiles checks in with employees from around the company to see what it is they work on and the important roles they have in powering Texas and serving our customers.

Our employees' unique talents, passions and expertise help strengthen our company's legacy of leadership in the energy industry. In this installment, meet Doug Blevins, an environmental manager, who after 32 years as an engineer, is sowing new seeds as an environmental manager. Watch the video to see why restoring the land is an important part of Powering Texas and why Doug wants to leave his legacy in the beautiful landscapes he helps create.

09.12.2014

Luminant Completes Industry-Leading Dragline Relocation Project

DALLAS – Pioneering a new technique for transporting some of North America's largest earthmovers, Luminant recently relocated four draglines using a state-of-the-art 1,000-wheel vehicle. The mega machines were moved over 30 miles in total to new mining areas across East and Central Texas this past spring and summer. Continue reading

08.26.2014

Luminant Comments on EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rule

Luminant Comments on EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rule

Luminant CEO Mac McFarland recently delivered comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas regarding the proposed EPA rule on greenhouse gas emissions for existing generating units. Read more on our POV blog.

07.26.2014

A Second Life: Luminant Donates Rare Plants to the Dallas Arboretum

pitcher_spotCultivating interest in environmental education, more than 100 rare carnivorous pitcher plants from Luminant's Big Brown Turlington Mine are finding a second life at the Dallas Arboretum. The recently donated plants will be featured in the new Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden and are helping plant the seed of environmental awareness and stewardship with future generations. Continue reading

06.26.2014

Job One

JobOne_LumSpotWhile our mission remains the same throughout the year - to safely power Texas, care for our valued customers and function as a world-class company - the summer months bring increased demand in the face of a gradually tightening supply. It's critical for our employees and the people we do business with to keep clear sight on Job One. Continue reading

05.26.2014

Luminant Environmental Review and Fact Sheets

environmental-review-lgAs the state's largest power producer, we are proud to help meet the electricity needs of a growing population and economy. We have kept our promise to reduce our generating fleet's key emissions by more than 20 percent, remained a national leader in land reclamation excellence, and maintained our exemplary record of regulatory compliance. Read about these highlights and more in our 2013 Environmental Review and environmental fact sheets available now on Luminant.com.