Bioenergy

Final Permit Issued for Biomass Project in Texas

Nacogdoches Power, LLC received the final air permit for its clean energy center project under development in Nacogdoches County, Texas.

The multi-unit facility is planned to consist of a 100-megawatt (MW) biomass-fired power plant and up to a 300-MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. With this approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), plans for the $600 million clean energy center can move ahead. Nacogdoches Power has purchased all needed equipment, owns the 130-acre project site and has acquired all the easements and other real estate necessary for construction and operation of the facility. Nacogdoches Power, which is a joint venture between BayCorp Holdings, Ltd. and Energy Management, Inc., will begin the financing phase of the project and anticipates breaking ground in June. “With the receipt of [the] permit, Nacogdoches Power stands on the verge of delivering clean reliable energy, numerous jobs and significant economic development to East Texas,” said Tony Callendrello, Vice President of Nacogdoches Power, LLC. Nacogdoches Power’s biomass facility, which will help Texas meet its 2005 goal for the installation of 500 MW of non-wind renewable generation by 2015, is located in an area without transmission constraints. It will provide reliable baseload renewable generation that will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Using approximately one million tons of wood fuel a year, the plant will provide approximately 500 new permanent forestry industry jobs in East Texas.