New Oak Grove Power Plant near Franklin, Texas features first-of-its-kind environmental controls
The first of two 800-megawatt units at Luminant's new Oak Grove Power Plant in Robertson County is now online, having recently achieved substantial completion.
“Achieving this critical step signals the end of construction and the beginning of Luminant's operation of another significant source of baseload generation for Texas,” said Mike Williams, chief fossil officer. “Our operations team is fully engaged in the day-to-day management of the unit, which will generate needed electricity to help meet our state's growing power demands.”
Oak Grove Unit 1, as well as Unit 2 upon completion, will have lower emission rates than any existing lignite plant in the state and at least 70 percent lower than the national coal plant average. In addition to environmental control equipment that will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, Oak Grove is also the nation's first pulverized coal plant fueled by lignite to utilize new activated carbon sorbent injection technology to remove mercury. To learn more about the plant's environmental controls, please read Luminant's latest Environmental Review.
Oak Grove Unit 2 is scheduled for completion in mid-2010. Combined, the plant will be capable of generating 1,600 MW, enough to power nearly 850,000 average Texas homes.
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Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, construction and development operations. Luminant has more than 17,500 megawatts of existing generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 7,200 MW fueled by coal. An additional 800 MW of coal-fueled generation capacity is under construction and expected to begin commercial operation in 2010. The company is also the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit www.luminant.com or www.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.