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.