Southern Co. brings 100 MW biomass power plant online

By Staff | August 29, 2012

The nation’s largest biomass power plant began operations this summer. Southern Co. announced that its 100 MW Nacogdoches Generation Facility began putting electricity into the Texas grid in July. Austin Energy is receiving energy from the plant through a power purchase agreement.

The plant occupies a 165-acre tract in northeast Texas near Sacul and represents a capital investment of approximately $500 million. The facility will take in non-merchantable wood waste as feedstock, primarily saw mill and wood mill production waste, forest waste, pre-commercial thinning of cultivated trees, and diseased and other non-commercial tree species. Southern Co. also notes there is potential to utilize urban wood waste, tree limbs and branches produced by storms, and other non-commercial logging-derived biomass in the future.

The Nacogdoches Generating Facility is owned and operated by Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power, which acquired the project from American Renewables LLC in 2009.