The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) said it plans to build a new peaker plant in Central Texas to provide an additional 190 MW of dispatchable power to the Texas power grid.

The plant is expected to include 10 Wärtsilä reciprocating engines. Each engine can provide about 19 MW of generating capacity.

The peaker plant is expected operational in 2025 and will be able to ramp up or shut down in minutes when renewable and other thermal generation are not sufficient enough to meet the state’s electricity demand.

This would be LCRA’s second peaker plant. The first is a 184 MW natural gas-fired facility in Fayette County that was built in 2010.

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