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Luminant Releases New Environmental Review

Latest report highlights progress in environmental leadership, stewardship and compliance.

DALLAS – As the largest power generator in Texas, Luminant is proud to be a leader in providing reliable electricity for a growing state while being thoughtful stewards of our environment and continuing our exemplary record of regulatory compliance.

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Commitment to ‘Zero’ Leads to Safest Year on Record for Luminant

Employees focus on zero accidents, incidents and injuries

DALLAS – Luminant employees across both plant and mine operations closed out their safest year since extensive company-wide record-keeping began 35 years ago. In fact, safety performance was so strong the company experienced its best incident rate for a calendar year – an achievement made possible by employees' commitment to safety.

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Luminant Power Track Recognized as a Model of Success

10.25.12

Luminant Power Track Recognized as a Model of Success
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The Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future program identifies Power Track as an innovative and effective solution for developing a skilled work force

The Luminant Power Track program is gaining national attention for its effective collaboration between Luminant and Tyler Junior College.

The Aspen Institute of Washington, D.C., has named Luminant Power Track a Model of Success in its Skills for America’s Future program. This initiative works to reduce the nation’s skills gap by strengthening and increasing alliances between employers and community colleges, helping create a talent pipeline to ensure businesses remain competitive.

Luminant Power Track was created to help replenish technical leadership at Luminant’s power plants. The program began in 2011, offering accepted students scholarships to pursue a two-year associate degree in power plant technology at Tyler Junior College.

"Skills for America’s Future is pleased to have Luminant and Tyler Junior College as new members of our growing network,” said Karen Elzey, director of Skills for America’s Future. "We look forward to working with Luminant and TJC and helping them share their story with other employers and community colleges who seek to train a skills-ready work force.”

"Since Power Track launched, we’ve seen remarkable interest, and we’re already starting to see tremendous value in the program,” added Dirk Hughes, Luminant Academy director. "Our goal is not only to help these students gain skills for a lifetime but to provide them the opportunity to become our next generation of power plant leadership.”

In its second year, Luminant Power Track expanded to include three new options at a second school: a two-year associate degree in electrical technology, mechanical technology or instrumentation and control from Texas State Technical College in Waco.

In addition to the scholarships, participating students are also eligible to receive paid internships at a Luminant power plant and the opportunity to forge a relationship with Luminant that could grow into a full-time job following successful completion of the program.

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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 15,400 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. 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.

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Luminant Honored with Employers for Education Excellence Award

09.28.12

Luminant Honored with Employers for Education Excellence Award
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The State Board of Education award recognizes Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant for its volunteer work with area students

Luminant's Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant has been named a recipient of the State Board of Education's Employers for Education Excellence Award for 2012. The gold-level award recognizes employees' outstanding support of Texas public schools.

"Educational outreach is an essential part of Luminant's community involvement, and we take great pride in our work with area schools,” said Rafael Flores, Luminant's chief nuclear officer. "Our employees are committed to helping our next generation of leaders grow and develop, and we are honored to see their worthwhile efforts recognized.”

The plant's educational efforts include a spectrum of employee volunteer activities from mentoring to participation in parent-teacher conferences, with Glen Rose ISD superintendent Wayne Rotan estimating that more than 25 percent of Comanche Peak's workforce is involved locally. As part of the Women in Nuclear team, employees partner with elementary school students to visit nursing homes and to take part in classroom discussions of career exploration. Employees have also worked with high school environmental science classes since 2002 to monitor the water quality of the Paluxy River, and in 2010, they began a new partnership to restore habitat for bobwhite quail and eastern bluebird at Squaw Creek Park.

"We're very appreciative of the partnership between Comanche Peak and Glen Rose ISD,” said Rotan. "The support and mentorship of our students are very valuable in adding relevance to our curriculum; students can go beyond the classroom and learn things hands-on. We are very excited to see Comanche Peak's team get the credit they deserve.”

Further, in the 2011-2012 school year, Luminant began two new mentoring programs, POWER SET and WIT. POWER SET stands for Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering and Technology, while WIT represents Workforce Industry Training. Both programs are partnerships developed by the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M University to promote confidence and the expansion of professional options for local high school students.

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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 15,400 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit https://www.luminant.com/ or http://www.energyfutureholdings.com/ for additional information.

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Monticello Power Plant Celebrates 20 Years Without a Lost-Time Injury

07.23.12

Monticello Power Plant Celebrates 20 Years Without a Lost-Time Injury
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Employees at Monticello Power Plant in Mount Pleasant, Texas, are taking safety excellence to the next level as evidenced by a new plant safety record – 20 years without a lost-time injury. The milestone is the equivalent of 10.5 million work hours without lost time, a new record for all Luminant sites.

"This achievement is proof of our employees' resolve to make safety best practices a way of life,” said Mike Williams, Luminant chief fossil officer. "The men and women at this site are top safety performers who consistently look to improve existing programs in their quest to make Monticello a best-in-class facility.”

Since the safety streak began in July 1992, more than 200 plant employees have kept safety their top priority. In the past nine years, employees have performed nearly 20,000 peer observations to help ensure a dedicated focus on safety.

"Our employees have been integral to developing a safety-centered mindset, which has strengthened our site's robust safety culture,” said Wayne Harris, Monticello Plant director. "Through peer observations and studies of industry best practices, we're able to continually learn and develop our safety processes.”

Monticello's safety legacy is deeply rooted in history. The plant received national recognition for surpassing 3 million work hours without a lost-time accident in 1983. Later that year, the plant also reached 4 million hours without a lost-time injury.

Monticello is a three-unit, lignite-fueled power plant located in Titus County. Completed in 1978, the plant has an operating capacity of 1,880 MW.

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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 15,400 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit https://www.luminant.com/ or http://www.energyfutureholdings.com/ for additional information.

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Monticello Power Plant employees achieve a new milestone – 20 years without a lost-time injury.

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Luminant’s Kosse Mine Archaeology Project Preserves Texas History, Recognized by Texas Historical Commission

Luminant’s Kosse Mine Archaeology Project Preserves Texas History, Recognized by Texas Historical Commission

 

05.02.12

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Work by Atkins North America uncovered details about abandoned Robertson County community

An archaeology project at Luminant's Kosse Mine in Robertson County has not only uncovered details of an abandoned late 19th- to early 20th-century community, but also recently gained recognition from the Texas Historical Commission.

Remains of the old town of Headsville were discovered in 2010 as crews surveyed the area for future mining and noticed a partially buried gristmill and cotton gin. "We knew we had an opportunity to uncover more about the history of this area and felt the prudent thing to do was to bring in the right people to study it,” said Ricky Goodwin, director of mining operations at Kosse Mine.

Archeologists from Atkins North America were engaged to learn more about the site. In July and August of 2010, Atkins pieced together details about the town and its place in local history and discovered the site was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

"They discovered that the gristmill, which is where the residents ground grain, provided an important service to the small community,” shared Goodwin. "Their report also showed how the addition of the cotton gin helped make Headsville a better place to raise a family. Unfortunately, because the local railroad bypassed the community, the town was unable to thrive.”

Atkins' work on the project not only secured historical designation for the site, but it also garnered recognition from the Texas Historical Commission. The agency recently awarded the project the Texas Historical Commission Award of Merit for its work in preserving Texas cultural and historical resources.

"It was a good opportunity for us to work on this site because although we've done research on the Headsville community before, so little is known. Finding the cotton gin and gristmill and being able to do archival research gave us an opportunity to piece together a little more about the community,” said Meg Cruse, senior group manager of Atkins' cultural resource division. "It was an exciting project, something we truly enjoyed doing and something a lot of people worked hard on.”

For more than 30 years, Luminant has contributed to the knowledge of Texas history through the sponsorship of archaeological investigations across the communities where the company operates. More than 1,200 archaeological sites have been recorded, and tens of thousands of artifacts have been recovered. In keeping with its commitment to protect the state's cultural resources, Luminant makes every effort to carefully preserve and respect the rich Texas history that is part of its lands.

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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 15,400 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity 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 https://www.luminant.com/ or http://www.energyfutureholdings.com/ for additional information.

 


Atkins North America archeologists recover artifacts from the abandonded Headsville community.

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Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Achieves New Safety Record

omanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Achieves New Safety Record
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Employees and contractors at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant recently achieved a significant safety milestone that is a site record: 18 months without a DART injury (days away, restricted or transferred). This means in the last year and a half, no employees suffered an injury that required missed work or restrictions from performing their job responsibilities.

“We achieved this site record because our employees continue to make safety their highest priority,” shared Rafael Flores, Luminant's chief nuclear officer. “I'm proud to say that we work together each and every day to ensure our team goes home injury-free. We look out for ourselves, and we really care about the safety of our co-workers.”

The safety streak began in May 2009. The plant's more than 1,000 employees and contractors consistently focus on zero accidents and injuries by participating in peer safety observations and studying industry best practices to continuously improve existing safety programs.

Comanche Peak is a two-unit, nuclear-fueled power plant located in Somervell County. Completed in 1993, the plant has an operating capacity of 2,300 megawatts.

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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, construction and development operations. Luminant has 18,300 MW of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. 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 https://www.luminant.com/ or http://www.energyfutureholdings.com/ for additional information.

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Luminant Wins Top National Award for Mine Reclamation Program

.S. Department of the Interior Describes Program as a “Model for Others”

For an unprecedented fifth time, Luminant has been honored with the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining's (OSM) Director's Award for its exemplary demonstration of advancing the science of reclamation. This is the second consecutive year that Luminant has been recognized with the OSM's highest distinction.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized again by the Office of Surface Mining for our reclamation achievements,” said Mike Williams, Luminant's chief fossil officer. “Luminant has a history of environmental stewardship and as a company helped set reclamation standards. The company takes a lot of pride in remaining an industry leader decades later.”

Luminant received the award for excellence in surface mining on October 28 during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The OSM described Luminant's reclamation program as a “model for others in the coal industry to follow.”

The company's award entry highlighted the Luminant Environmental Research Program, which began funding studies in 1971 and continues to do so today, some 38 years later. To ensure objectivity, a steering committee composed of leading scientists, educators and advisors guide the program. Students are offered the use of research facilities and living quarters near Luminant's Big Brown Power Plant and Mine near Fairfield, Texas.

As of the end of 2008, Luminant had provided more than $4.6 million in funding since the program's inception for the completion of more than 120 independent, published student theses and dissertations. These studies have focused on numerous environmental disciplines including geology, hydrology, soils, forestry, wildlife and wetlands. The research has not only influenced Luminant's environmental policies and practices but has also provided a valuable technical resource for regulatory agencies and helped establish industry-wide practices.

Results from the program's research have also directly influenced the success of Luminant's mining and reclamation efforts. As a result, the company has:
  • Reclaimed nearly 65,000 acres for uses such as forests, pastureland and wildlife habitat
  • Planted almost 28 million trees on company land now certified as a Tree Farm by the Texas Forest Service and the Texas Forestry Association
  • Increased the extent of prime farmland soils at the Big Brown Mine area from approximately 5 percent to now more than 58 percent
  • Increased the extent of prime farmland soils at the Monticello Winfield Mine area from 38 percent to more than 65 percent

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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, construction and development operations. Luminant has more than 16,100 megawatts of existing generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 5,800 MW fueled by coal. Luminant is constructing an additional 2,200 MW of coal-fueled generation capacity, which is expected to begin commercial operation in 2009 and 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.