Southern Power looking to build natural gas-fired plant in Texas

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), said Friday it is taking preliminary steps to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Trinidad, Texas, according to a report from Platts. The 470 MW combined-cycle plant would be the company’s first non-renewable project outside of the Southeast.

According to Platts, the company has submitted applications to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a greenhouse gas permit and to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a state air permit, which a Southern Power spokesman called “an early step in an extensive process.”

The company’s application to the EPA for the project states construction would begin in March 2015, and the plant is projected to be brought online in June 2017, according to the report.

Southern Co. executives stated last January that Southern Power was considering the possibility of developing projects outside of its traditional Southeast area, according to Platts. The company owns about 8,300 MW of gas-fired, non-utility generation capacity in four states in that area.

Southern Power’s first projects outside the Southeast were utility-scale solar projects, mostly in the Southwest, and a 100 MW biomass power plant in Texas acquired from American Renewables, Platts stated.

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