LCRA began operating the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant in 1974 to meet increased demand, especially in the western part of its Central Texas service area. The plant came off line Sept. 30, 2013, as LCRA builds a new, more efficient plant scheduled to start up in 2014.
The original plant was a single-unit natural gas-fired plant capable of generating up to 420 megawatts (MW).
The new state-of-the-art 540-MW Ferguson Replacement Project is being built less than 100 yards from the original plant in Horseshoe Bay near Marble Falls. They are named for Thomas C. Ferguson, a member of LCRA's first Board of Directors.