A $500M biomass plant cranks up in Texas
Southern Company's biomass plant, the largest in the country, starts up operations this week.
A biomass power plant in Texas that Southern Co. took over in 2009 started commercial operations Wednesday.
The Nacogdoches Generating Facility represents a capital investment of about $500 million, Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) said.
Austin Energy gets energy from the plant through a 20-year power purchase agreement, Southern Co. reported.
The plant is the nation’s largest biomass plant. It is fueled with biomass materials, including forest residue from the surrounding areas, wood processing residues and clean municipal wood waste. The plant will require around 1 million tons of fuel annually.
“This is an important milestone for the community, the city of Austin and Southern Company, as the plant provides jobs and economic impact for Nacogdoches County and further diversifies the fuel portfolios of Austin Energy and Southern Company to strengthen our nation’s energy independence,” Southern Co. President, Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Fanning said in a statement.
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