Southern Company recently announced that the nation’s largest biomass plant is putting electricity on the grid in Texas. Southern Company President, Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Fanning joined state and local dignitaries at the company’s Nacogdoches Generating Facility to mark commercial operation for the 100-megawatt unit.
Austin Energy is receiving energy from the plant through a 20-year power purchase agreement.
“Today we recognize Southern Company’s on-time, on-budget completion of the nation’s largest biomass-fueled power plant,” said Fanning. “This is an important milestone for the community, the city of Austin and Southern Company, as the plant provides jobs and economic impact for Nacogdoches County and further diversifies the fuel portfolios of Austin Energy and Southern Company to strengthen our nation’s energy independence.”
The Texas biomass plant joins Southern Company’s growing portfolio of clean alternative energy. The company, in partnership with Ted Turner, owns the nation’s second largest solar photovoltaic plant and recently announced the partnership’s second solar acquisition. Meanwhile, subsidiary Georgia Power is undertaking a collaborative effort to develop and install its first retail utility-scale solar power development, and Alabama Power, another Southern Company subsidiary, has acquired capacity from a wind farm being developed in Oklahoma.Alabama Power, Austin Energy, Georgia Power, largest U.S. biomass plant, largest U.S. biomass power plant, Nacogdoches Generating Facility, Southern Company, Ted Turner, Texas biomass plant, Texas biomass power plant, Thomas A. Fanning