The plant relies on four natural gas-fired generating units, which have been phased in since March 2015, with the final unit entering operation last Thursday. The facility will provide power for more than 160,000 homes, reports the Times.
“As customer demand continues to grow, the peaking capability and quick-starting technology of these units will allow EPE to meet our customers’ energy‐demand fluctuations in an efficient and cost‐effective manner,” said EPE’s CEO Mary Kipp in a statement released after the grand-opening ceremony. “Additionally, these new units are 20 percent to 37 percent more efficient than older conventional steam units, which helps keep El Paso Electric’s carbon footprint low.”
The plant was built adjacent to EPE’s $41 million Eastside Operations Center, which began operation last year.