The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) announced plans to double the energy production from the new peaker plant it is building in Central Texas by adding a second generating unit. The new plant will help LCRA continue to meet the increasing need for reliable power and support the Texas power grid.

“To keep the Texas economy moving, we need more affordable, reliable power, and that’s why plants like these here in Central Texas are so incredibly important,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, who attended a ceremonial groundbreaking at the plant site near Maxwell Tuesday. “When grid demand is at its peak, these plants will quickly provide power for the grid even as we set new demand records for power every single summer.”

During the ceremony, LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson announced the new natural-gas fired plant will be named the Timmerman Power Plant, after longtime LCRA Board Chair Tim Timmerman of Austin, who has been on the LCRA Board of Directors since 2008 and has been Board chair since 2011. Timmerman is an Austin real estate investor/developer.

Each of the units can supply up to 190 MW of dispatchable power to the grid. When operating at full capacity, the Timmerman Power Plant will be able to supply enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes during periods of peak demand.

The new unit will be built on the same 51-acre site near Maxwell in Caldwell County where construction on the first unit of a new LCRA peaker plant is underway. LCRA initially announced the construction of the plant early last year.

“We’re not just talking about the need for more power, we’re doubling down on helping meet the need,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “We are proud to be building two units at once to help support our rapidly growing state.”

The new peaker unit will be nearly identical to the one already under construction, which is scheduled to be in service in 2025. Construction will begin later this spring on the second unit, which is expected to be in service in 2026. A peaker plant is one that typically is used for brief periods during times when the demand for power approaches or surpasses the amount of available power.

Each unit will be powered by 10 Wärtsilä reciprocating engines. Minnesota-based Fagen, Inc., will be the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor for both units.

The new plant will be the second peaker plant in LCRA’s generation fleet. LCRA also owns and operates Winchester Power Park, a 184-MW natural-gas fired peaker plant in Fayette County.

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