Mothballed Central Texas Power Plant Could Reopen

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

MCLENNAN COUNTY (June 28, 2013)--The turbines at the mothballed Tradinghouse power plant outside of Waco could be producing electricity again if the climate for energy sales in Texas makes it profitable.

Tradinghouse Power Company, a division of Luminant Power Company, has filed for approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for an air quality permit, said Brad Watson, spokesman for the Dallas-based Luminant.

Andrea Morrow, with TCEQ, confirmed the agency received the permit application on May 23.

The company is seeking TCEQ approval to install "two peaking turbines at the existing Tradinghouse Power Plant in Waco," the application says.

Watson said the permit application doesn’t mean there are immediate plans to put the plant back online, but said the company took the step so the natural gas-fired plant could be re-commissioned if the energy climate in the state should make that feasible.

The plant, which Texas Power and Light put online in 1970, ended operations in September 2010.

It’s one of 21 plants that Luminant owns in Texas, the company’s website shows.

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