LCRA says it will build new "peaker" power plant to help support Texas grid

New plant expected to be online by 2025, ready to provide power for 38,000 homes during peak demand
Photo credit Lower Colorado River Authority

AUSTIN ( -- Officials with the Lower Colorado River Authority on Tuesday announced the building of a new peaker power plant to help provide additional power to the Texas electrical grid when needed.

LCRA says the new plant is expected to be operational by 2025, and will provide an additional 190 megawatts of dispatchable power to the grid - able to ramp up and down in minutes. It will be LCRA's second peaker plant, with the first operating in Fayette County after construction in 2010.

“With this new plant, LCRA continues its commitment to provide reliable, cost-effective power to its customers and the Texas power grid,” said Timothy Timmerman, chair of the LCRA Board of Directors. “The new plant will provide power during peak use times to support the Texas electric grid and provide homes, businesses and industries with power.”

One megawatt can power about 200 homes during peak demand, according to estimates from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT.

LCRA is the primary wholesale provider of electricity across Central Texas, with rights to roughly 3,750 megawatts of power across its generation portfolio. The agency provides power to over 30 city-owned retail utilities and electric cooperatives, throughout much of the Hill Country and the Colorado River basin.

“Texas needs more dispatchable thermal power generation that can be available quickly, depending on market conditions and demand,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “As our state faces the challenge of bringing more power to a growing population, I am proud that LCRA is continuing its legacy of providing vital services to Texans.”

Featured Image Photo Credit: Lower Colorado River Authority