Southern Company to Build 100 MW Biomass Plant in Texas
14, 2009 - Clean Edge News
Southern Power, a subsidiary
of Southern Company that acquires, builds, manages and owns wholesale generation
assets, recently announced that it is acquiring Nacogdoches Power, LLC from American
Renewables, LLC and will move ahead with construction of the planned biomass power
plant in Sacul, Texas.
Groundbreaking of the plant is expected
in the fall of 2009 and commercial operation is projected for the summer of 2012.
According to the company, the completed project will be one of the largest biomass-fueled
electric generating facilities in the U.S., capable of generating approximately
The plant's output is committed through a 20-year
power purchase agreement with Austin Energy, the municipal utility owned by and
serving Austin, Texas.
Souther Power reports that the plant,
which will be built on 165 acres, will be fueled with biomass materials, including
forest residue from the surrounding areas, wood processing residues and clean
municipal wood waste. The project will require approximately 1 million tons of
fuel annually, which is planned to be procured within a 75- mile radius of the