The Fayette Power Project (FPP) offers efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible power for Central Texas consumers. FPP helps LCRA and its wholesale electric customers provide affordable electricity for more than 1 million people in Texas.
The facility is located on a 10-square-mile site east of La Grange. It includes three units capable of generating up to 1,625 net 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. Austin Energy and LCRA co-own units 1 and 2; LCRA owns Unit 3.
The main fuel source is coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, which contains less ash than other types of coal or lignite. The coal is delivered by rail. Burning low-sulfur coal is one of many steps FPP staff takes to minimize air emissions from this plant.
At a cost of $400 million, LCRA and Austin Energy installed desulfurization equipment known as scrubbers on units 1 and 2 that have significantly reduced emissions from FPP. The scrubbers reduce the plant's sulfur dioxide emissions. In addition, LCRA completed upgrading the scrubber on Unit 3, which was installed when the unit was built in 1988.
FPP uses electrostatic precipitators to filter fine particles like dust and smoke from the flow of gases through the units.
LCRA also uses Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) to monitor nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and mercury emissions in its commitment to produce power in an environmentally responsible manner.
LCRA is installing technology to reduce mercury emissions and comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury Air Toxics Standards. More than 80 percent of mercury is removed from the flue gas of each of the three units at FPP.
FPP has been named a top performer in reliability, efficiency and cost management among an international group of coal-fired power plants. EUCG Inc., a global electric utility industry group recognized as the industry standard for performance, ranked FPP second among all coal plants for fiscal years 2008 through 2012. The awards are based on each generating facility's reliability record and management of operations and maintenance costs. Information was submitted by 23 power member companies representing 96 generating units throughout the United States and internationally.