|Ferguson Replacement Project is underway! This is a critical and important project for Horseshoe Bay. Not only is safe, reliable, cost effective power a critical service for the area in it's future growth, the plant is reason that lake LBJ is a constant level lake. To appreciate the importance of that statement, go on line and look at photos of Lake Travis which is now down over 40 feet from it's normal level. The constant level enables building permanent docs. It enables recreation 365 days per year. The water support the 5 golf courses in the area and the list goes on. There is no single event that has a more fundamental impact on the area. This investment by the LCRA guarantees the HSB way of life for years to come.|
|LCRA plans to replace its Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant near Marble Falls with a new natural gas-fired power plant that will be one of the most efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible electric generating facilities operating in Texas.|
The project involves building an approximately 540-megawatt (MW), combined-cycle power facility to replace the aging 420-MW Ferguson Power Plant, which was built in 1974. The LCRA Board of Directors in April 2011 authorized staff to move forward with the project, and in August, approved a contract to build the new plant with Fluor Corporation. Once LCRA receives the required air permits, LCRA will issue a Notice to Proceed to Fluor. Fluor will then finalize the project schedule, which likely will include a two-year construction phase to bring the new power plant on-line in 2014.
LCRA will build the new unit at the Ferguson site on Lake LBJ. The existing power plant will be retired following completion of the new facility. Replacing Ferguson will help LCRA provide its wholesale electric customers with more competitively priced power over the long term because a combined-cycle power plant will be more efficient, more cost-effective and more reliable than Ferguson.