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LCRA: Providing power, water and transmission infrastructure to a growing Texas

LCRA exists to serve the people of Texas. It's been that way since the Texas Legislature created LCRA in 1934. By providing public power, managing the lower Colorado River, building and operating transmission lines across the state, and more, LCRA enhances the quality of life of the people it serves.

LCRA does not receive state appropriations or have the ability to levy taxes. Instead, LCRA is funded by revenue it generates, the vast majority of which comes from producing and transmitting electricity. A very small portion of LCRA's revenue comes from selling water.

Wholesale power and transmission services
LCRA has been the primary wholesale provider of electricity in Central Texas since 1937. LCRA sells wholesale electricity to retail utilities, including cities and electric cooperatives that serve one of the nation's fastest growing regions.

LCRA Transmission Services Corporation is one of the largest transmission services organizations in the state. LCRA TSC's network of facilities – including transmission lines and substations it owns or operates in more than 70 Texas counties – provides a vital link among Texas power plants and the statewide power grid.

Water management and protection
LCRA manages the lower Colorado River – a 600-mile stretch of the Texas Colorado River between San Saba and the Gulf Coast – and the scenic Highland Lakes northwest of Austin. The lakes provide water for more than a million people, as well as businesses, industries, the environment and, when available, for agriculture.

LCRA operates six dams on the Colorado River in Central Texas: Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield and Tom Miller. The dams create the Highland Lakes. Water is moved downstream almost daily through the system of dams to meet customer needs. In addition to managing the region's raw water supply, LCRA's River Operations Center also forecasts floods and manages floodwaters. LCRA also works with cities, counties and state and federal agencies to reduce the likelihood of flood damage.

LCRA offers a wide range of conservation programs for water users within its river basin. It also operates an environmental laboratory, monitors the water quality of the lower Colorado River, and regulates on-site sewage systems to limit pollution and help protect the health of those enjoying the Highland Lakes.

Outdoor adventure, river access and natural science education
LCRA's more than 40 beautiful parks, recreation areas and river access sites benefit communities along the lower Colorado River from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. Each year, the sites attract more than 1 million visitors who spend millions of dollars in communities along the river.

LCRA offers a wide variety of outdoor education and recreation programs on topics ranging from water quality and water and land conservation to native plants and animals. These hands-on programs not only teach – they inspire and create a new generation of stewards of the Colorado River.

Community Development Partnership Program
​The Community Development Partnership Program has awarded more than $42.6 million in matching grants for more than 1,500 community development projects since 1995.

 

See an o​verview of how LCRA enhances the lives of Texans.

 

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​By the numbers

3,670
Together, LCRA owns or has output rights to about 3,670 megawatts of power – enough for LCRA and its wholesale electric customers to provide electricity for about 1 million people.

5,200
LCRA operates ​about 5,2​00 miles of transmission lines statewide. Under a 1999 state law, it can provide transmission services throughout Texas.

13,300
LCRA owns about 13,300 acres of parkland​.

LCRA's Mission

To enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service.