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 sits on a 10-square-mile site east of La Grange. It includes 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. Austin Energy and LCRA co-own units 1 and 2; LCRA owns Unit 3.
The main fuel source for FPP 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 low-sulfur coal is one of many steps FPP staff takes to minimize air emissions from this plant.
LCRA and Austin Energy have installed $400 million desulfurization equipment, known as scrubbers, on units 1 and 2 to further reduce emissions from FPP. The scrubbers remove more than 95 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions. In addition, LCRA upgraded the scrubber on Unit 3, which was installed when the unit was built in 1988.
FPP uses electrostatic precipitators to filter fine particles such as dust and smoke from the flow of gases through the units.
LCRA also has installed technology to reduce mercury emissions. The process enables LCRA to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS). More than 80 percent of mercury is removed from the flue-gas of each of the three coal-fired 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.