WattBridge Energy announced its latest gas plant is now operating near Houston, Texas. It’s the company’s third peaker plant to connect to the state’s grid over the last 30 months.

The 288 MW Braes Bayou project is powered by six ProEnergy LM6000 gas-turbine packages. ProEnergy is providing EPC, O&M and asset management services.

WattBridge now has 1,824 MW operational or under construction in ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) with a further 2,176 MW in development.

In December 2021 we reported that WattBridge was closing on another peaker plant in the Houston area. The 288 MW Brotman project is expected online by early 2023.

The plants are expected to help deliver power during peak-demand times, including severe heat waves and winter weather. Reliability of Texas’ power grid has been an issue since a 2021 February storm, which led to more than 200 deaths amid widespread blackouts.

In May, state regulators asked Texans to reduce their power consumption during extreme heat after six power plants unexpectedly broke down. At that time ERCOT forecast an all-time peak summer demand of 77.3 GW.

Despite that, regulators remained confident the lights would stay on, with more reserve power available to the grid than in previous summers.

“Each plant—delivered as a true turnkey peak-power solution from ProEnergy—is installed with the vision to support renewable energy and provide energy security, especially during periods of reduced operating reserves,” WattBridge said in a July 29 release.

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