Sim Gideon Power Plant


The natural gas-fired Sim Gideon Power Plant in Bastrop County has a generating capacity of about 607 megawatts. That’s enough to serve more than 120,000 typical Texas homes when the demand for power is highest.

The plant uses three traditional gas-fired thermal steam units. LCRA began operating the plant's first unit in 1965. The second unit was completed in 1968 and the third unit began operation in 1972. The plant is located east of Bastrop and shares the Lost Pines Power Park with Lost Pines 1 Power Project.

Lake Bastrop near South Shore Park provides the plant's cooling water and is continuously monitored by plant personnel. It also is popular for fishing and other recreational activities.

Lost Pines Power Park

The park includes LCRA's Lost Pines 1 Power Project and Sim Gideon Power Plant.

Sim Gideon Power Plant

Year built: 1965 (unit 1, about 136 MW capacity), 1968 (unit 2, about 136 MW capacity), 1971 (unit 3, about 335 MW capacity)
Capacity: About 607 megawatts
Fuel: Natural gas
Location: Five miles east of Bastrop off Highway 21, about 40 miles southeast of Austin