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Electricity may be generated by proposed Union Valley plant
GINGER COLEMAN —
A sign on C.R. 475 near the Wilson/Gonzales county line advises permits are in the works for a proposed power plant near Union Valley.
Navasota Energy may open a power-generation facility near the Wilson/Gonzales county line.
The privately held East Texas company has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for permits to build three 543-megawatt natural-gas-fired simple cycle power generation facilities in Texas.
The Union Valley Energy Center is proposed for a 30-acre site on C.R. 475, about a mile south of F.M. 1681. The other sites are Clear Springs Energy Center in Guadalupe County and Van Alstyne Energy Center in Grayson County. All are slated to be part of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power grid.
Under the current permit applications, the company seeks approval for “peaking plants” to provide power during periods of highest demand. Expectations are that each site may operate for fewer than 1,000 hours per year; the permits apply for a maximum of 2,500 hours annually.
Applications for air quality permits for the Union Valley Energy Center were filed with TCEQ in June. Navasota Energy expects the facility to take a minimum of 12 months to build once the permitting process is complete. It is estimated there will be 50 to 75 people employed at the facility during construction; four to seven employees are anticipated at the site after construction is complete.
Navasota Energy also has applied to the Evergreen Underground Water Utility District for the water sources necessary to supply the facility. Average water consumption during operation is expected to be 25 gallons per minute for each of the three gas turbines. Water discharged from the units will go into an onsite pond.
A copy of the TCEQ application is available at the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library in Floresville for review, and at locations in San Antonio and Austin.
For information, call TCEQ at 210-490-3096.
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