Southern Power to build first gas-fired plant outside traditional territory


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  • Southern Power, a subunit of Southern Company, is planning to build its first gas-fired power plant outside its traditional territory in the U.S. southeast, the company announced Friday.
  • The 470-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant will be built in Trinidad, Texas and marks a step in Southern Company’s bigger plan to develop generation capacity outside its traditional territory.
  • Southern Power will start construction in March 2015, go online in June 2017 and is seeking long-term power purchase agreements to minimize the impact of fuel price fluctuations.

From the article:

“Southern Power's first forays outside the Southeast involved several utility-scale solar projects -- most of them in the Southwest -- and a 100-MW biomass plant in Nacogdoches, Texas, that it bought from American Renewables.”

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