NEW YORK Dec 28 Luminant said Monday the first
of two 800-megawatt coal-fired units at the new Oak Grove power
plant in Texas was now online.
Despite the possibility of federal caps on carbon dioxide
emissions from coal and other fossil fired plants to stop
global warming, this was the second coal plant for Luminant to
enter service in Texas in the last six months or so after the
581 MW Sandow 5.
Luminant, of Dallas, said Sandow 5 and the Oak Grove units
have the latest technology to control for nitrogen oxide,
sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and mercury emissions.
Oak Grove Unit 2 is scheduled for completion in mid-2010.
Luminant started building Oak Grove in 2007.
Combined, the two Oak Grove units and Sandow 5, which
together were expected to cost $3.25 billion, would generate
enough power for more than 1.15 million Texas homes.
In 2010, at least a couple more coal units were expected to
enter service in Texas, including Oak Grove 2 and a unit at CPS
Energy's Spruce plant.
Texas generators have said the new coal plants were needed
to meet the state's growing demand for power and diversify fuel
About half the power plants in the Electric Reliability
Council of Texas (ERCOT) burn gas as a primary fuel, while
another 20 percent are dual fueled by oil and gas. Just 18
percent are coal fired. ERCOT manages the grid for about 75
percent of Texas.
Oak Grove is located in Robertson County about 60 miles (96
km) north of Houston.
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino)