Coleto Creek expansion

From Global Energy Monitor

In February 2008, the South Texas Electric Cooperative and partner International Power plc. filed for a permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to build a 650 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant at International Power's existing Coleto Creek station. If approved, the plant will burn coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and cost an estimated $1.2 billion to build. The existing Coleto Creek plant was built in 1980.[1]

On December 31, 2008, Environmental Integrity Project, on behalf of Sierra Club, submitted comments on Coleto Creek's draft air permit and case-by case Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) determination and requested a contested case hearing. A hearing on the merits is expected in mid-October 2009.[2]

In February 2013, the Sierra Club reclassified the project as abandoned after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas removed it from its projection of new capacity resources in 2012.[3]

Project Details

Sponsor: South Texas Electric Cooperative, International Power
Location: Victoria, TX
Capacity: 650 MW
Status: Cancelled


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  1. "International Power and STEC Partner to Meet Energy Needs", South Texas Electric press release, February 19, 2008.
  2. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed May 2009. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  3. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed June 2013. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)

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