Texas Municipal Power Agency

From Global Energy Monitor

The Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA) is the owner and operator of the Gibbons Creek Steam Station. TMPA is owned by the four member cities of Bryan, Denton, Garland and Greenville.[1]

Existing Coal Plants

Plant State Year(s) Built Capacity
Gibbons Creek Steam Station TX 1983 454 MW

Scrubber Retrofit at Gibbons Creek Steam Station

In March 2011, Texas Municipal Power Agency, which owns the coal-burning Gibbons Creek plant, stated they are installing a scrubber to meet new federal standards and limit the amount of mercury and other pollutant emissions. Workers are to have to installed the scrubber by April 1, 2011. The cost of the scrubber installation will run $98.5 million, stated the company.

Source of Coal

Originally TMPA owned Gibbons Creek lignite mine, the original source of fuel for the Gibbons power plant. Lignite is a low grade form of coal that gradually became less competitive against higher grade sub-bituminous coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. The mine was operational from 1982 to 1996. In 1996 the mine was closed and TMPA began importing all of its coal from Wyoming.

"Since its closure, the mine has been in reclamation. Most of the large construction projects, such as the reclamation of final open pits, have been completed and the mine has been converted to a post-mining land use that consists of pasture land, ponds, and woodlands. It is now in the process of being monitored and being released from mine reclamation obligations as it meets regulatory performance standards. At present, over 60% of the mined area has been released partially from its performance bond and additional areas are being prepared for final bond release. Reclamation is projected to be completed by 2015."[2]

Contact Details

Texas Municipal Power Agency
PO Box 7000
Bryan, TX 77805
Phone: 936 873.1100
Website: http://www.texasmpa.org/

Articles and Resources


  1. "About TMPA" Texas Municipal Power Agency Website, October 2009
  2. "Environmental" Texas Municipal Power Agency Website, October 2009

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