Halyard Energy gets final permit for 350 MW Texas peaking power plant

Halyard Energy Ventures said Oct. 26 that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an air quality permit authorizing the construction and operation of the Halyard Wharton Energy Center in Wharton County, Texas.

The HWEC will be a nominal 350 MW natural gas-fired, simple-cycle facility. The project has received all permits required to begin construction, including its air quality permit, water supply and local county development permits.

The project is located within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The HWEC’s output will complement the significant amount of intermittent wind capacity that has been added to the ERCOT market in recent year, the company noted.

In addition to receiving the air quality permit, the HWEC has finalized interconnections with both the electric grid and gas pipelines. The electric interconnection will allow power to flow to the high-density metropolitan load centers of Houston and Austin, which represent the heart of the peak capacity-constrained ERCOT market.

“We anticipate a market demand in ERCOT for clean, fast-start peaking capacity to complement the intermittent resources of wind and solar generation. The Halyard Wharton facility benefits from a first mover advantage, with low installed cost and a strategic siting location, which allows the power plant to serve multiple load centers,” said Karl Dahlstrom, partner at Halyard. “With over 2,000 MW under development throughout Texas, we are well poised to support ERCOT’s reserve margin targets, with reliable and dispatchable peak power.”

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Halyard Energy Ventures was formed to manage the greenfield development, construction and operation of a portfolio of five gas-fired simple-cycle power plant projects within ERCOT. The principals of Halyard have a long track record of developing commercial scale power plants from inception to operation.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy's Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication's editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University.

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