Sandy Creek coal-fired power plant set to go online in April

The Sandy Creek coal-fired power plant is being fired up intermittently for testing purposes and will go online full-time in April, according to a report from the Waco Tribune. The plant is located in Riesel, Texas.

The 900 MW coal-fired power plant, which cost around $1 billion to build, had its boiler badly damaged when it overheated during testing in 2011. The plant was also involved in a federal Clean Air Act lawsuit that was settled in 2011 with Sandy Creek agreeing to mercury and soot emissions below what its permit had allowed.

The plant’s contracts with wholesalers will not go into effect until the plant is ready to run full time, but it is selling electricity into Texas’ power grid during the testing phase, according to the Tribune.

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