EPA Issues Greenhouse Gas Permit to Texas Clean-Energy Electricity Plant; Permit allows construction of $1.2 billion natural-gas fired plant; will add hundreds of construction jobs and over 30 permanent jobs
Release Date: 04/29/2014
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, R6Press@epa.gov or 214 665-2200
DALLAS – (April 29, 2014) This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to FGE Power for the FGE Texas project near Westbrook, Texas. The permit allows the company to build a new natural-gas fired combined-cycle electric generation plant.
“This facility will bring clean-burning electricity to the people of Texas,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “The FGE plant is an example of how electricity providers can meet customer demand while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.”
“We look forward to putting people to work and helping to power Texas’ economic future,” said FGE Power’s CEO, Emerson G. Farrell. “EPA’s thorough review and thoughtful findings demonstrate that new technology, combined with a fresh approach to developing clean energy and sustainable infrastructure, can make a positive difference on our economy and the environment.”
The facility, in West Texas between Midland and Abilene, will generate 1,620 megawatts of gross electric power. The facility will operate almost entirely on clean-burning natural gas, with some emergency equipment using diesel fuel.
In June 2010, EPA finalized national GHG regulations, which specify that beginning on January 2, 2011, projects that increase GHG emissions substantially will require an air permit.
EPA believes states are best equipped to run GHG air permitting programs. Texas is working to replace a federal implementation plan with its own state program, which will eliminate the need for businesses to seek air permits from EPA. This action will increase efficiency and allow for industry to continue to grow in Texas.
This permit is the 36th GHG permit EPA has issued in Texas. The agency has proposed an additional five permits and has 19 more in development.
For all of the latest information on GHG permits in Texas please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/r6/Apermit.nsf/AirP
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