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Company Outlines Power Plant Proposal At Open House

Lincoln Clean Energy unveiled a plan during an open house meeting in Eagle Lake on July 14 that outlines details on a proposed natural gas power plant in southern Colorado County.

The 820 megawatt plant, being called Rockwood Energy Center, will be located on a 60-acre site off of CR 111, south of Altair and about 3.5 miles west of Hwy 71, near Hanson Aggregates.

Total cost of the project is expected to be in the $600-700 million range.

Capacity of 820 megawatts is enough electricity to power about 450,000 homes during normal usage. For comparison, the Fayette Power Project has three coal burning generating units that can produce a total of 1,625 megawatts.

Lincoln Clean Energy Development Director Jason Tundermann said that the footprint of the actual facility would cover only about 20-30 acres of the site.

Tundermann said that if all permitting goes to plan, construction could begin as early as the beginning of 2016.

About 450-550 workers would be needed during the construction of the facility, which would take about two years.

After that, the facility would provide about 25-35 full-time, skilled labor jobs.

Tundermann advised that the area that has been selected has no homes in the vicinity and it is an industrial type area already, with a large gravel operation nearby.

He said that it is near high voltage transmission lines that would allow the plant to easily connect into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power grid and is near gas pipelines that would supply the fuel for the plant.

He said that the stacks on plant would not be significantly taller than the 120-foot power lines that are out there now.

Tundermann said that the facility would hardly be visible from the highway.

The plant will have three turbines, two that run off natural gas and a third steam turbine that uses the heat from the gas turbines to power it.

“These are very efficient plants,” said Tundermann.

“We are excited to be here,” he said. “We think this is a great project and a great site,” he added.

“We are hopeful for a warm reception. This is the kind of power plant that Texas needs,” he said.

The plant could be online by early 2018, if everything goes to plan.

Tundermann advised that the project is still in the early stages, and that some details may change during the process.   [-end of story-]


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