Entergy Texas on February 15 began construction of its first new power plant in 40 years. The Montgomery County Power Station (MCPS), located in Willis, will be a 993-MW combined cycle gas turbine plant, adjacent to the existing Lewis Creek Power Plant.
Entergy Texas is part of Entergy Corporation, which provides power to about 3 million customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The company in a statement said “the facility will provide a new source of reliable, low-cost and clean energy to meet the growing power demand across Southeast Texas.” The plant is expected to enter commercial operation by mid-2021.
Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, at Friday’s groundbreaking said, “Southeast Texas is growing, and Entergy Texas needs to invest now to power that growth. By providing reliable, affordable power, we can meet our customers’ needs today, while laying the foundation for future growth across our region.”
Entergy Texas has said the new plant, with cleaner and more efficient combined cycle technology, will save its customers about $1.7 billion in energy costs over the next 30 years.
“We are committed to making investments that move our customers and communities forward,” said Rainer. “MCPS is a part of our $2 billion investment in infrastructure that will create jobs, spur economic development and serve our customers.”
—Darrell Proctor is a POWER associate editor (@DarrellProctor1, @POWERmagazine).