Southern Co. brings 100 MW biomass power plant online

Atlanta, July 18, 2012 — A 100 MW biomass plant developed by Southern Co. is putting electricity on the grid in Texas.

Austin Energy is receiving energy from the Nacogdoches Generating Facility through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

For the local community, the Nacogdoches Generating Facility represents a capital investment of about a half-billion dollars. The facility will deliver $58 million in taxes to the county over a 20-year period and direct and indirect job impact of about $5.1 million per year.

The plant created more than 1,000 craft jobs at the height of construction and is providing 40 permanent positions. Additionally, some 100 service contracts have been created for operating and maintaining the plant and another 25 for fuel supplies.

The plant, which occupies a 165-acre tract in northeast Texas near Sacul, will be fueled by non-merchantable wood waste. This is a combination of wood-based biomass fuels consisting primarily of saw mill or other wood mill production waste, forest waste, pre-commercial thinnings of cultivated trees, and diseased and other non-commercial tree species.

There is also the potential for the use of urban wood waste, tree limbs and branches produced by storms and other non-commercial logging-derived biomass.

The Nacogdoches Generating Facility is owned and operated by Southern Co. unit Southern Power, which acquired the project from American Renewables, LLC, in October 2009. Construction began in November 2009 and the plant met its planned commercial operation schedule of mid-2012.

The Nacogdoches Generating Facility uses the newest technology available, including a bubbling fluidized-bed boiler that will give Southern Power the flexibility to use a wide range of biomass fuels and keep emissions low.

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