LCRA relies heavily on the Fayette Power Project (FPP) to offer affordable, reliable electricity for Central Texas consumers. FPP helps LCRA and its wholesale electric customers provide electricity for more than 1 million people in Texas.
The facility is located on a 10-square-mile site seven miles east of La Grange. It comprises three units capable of generating up to 1,625 megawatts (MW) of electricity. That’s enough to serve about 406,000 typical Central Texas homes when the demand for power is highest, such as very hot summer afternoons or cold winter nights. Austin Energy owns 50 percent of units 1 and 2, which comprise the Sam K. Seymour Generating Station, named for a former LCRA Board member.
The main fuel source is coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, which burns cleaner than other types of coal or lignite. The coal is delivered by rail. Burning this low-sulfur coal is one of many steps FPP staff takes to minimize air and water pollution from this plant.
LCRA, as project manager, operates all three units. LCRA's generation engineering staff oversaw construction of the units. Details:
- Unit 1, completed in 1979, has a net capacity of 590 MW. Austin Energy co-owns.
- Unit 2, completed in 1980, has a net capacity of 590 MW. Austin Energy co-owns.
- Unit 3, completed in 1988, has a net capacity of 445 MW.
FPP gets its cooling water from Lake Fayette, a 2,400-acre reservoir that provides a variety of recreational opportunities and some of the state's best freshwater fishing.