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Entergy Texas Starts Power Plant Turbine Construction in Willis, Texas

02/18/2019
Entergy Texas, which provides electricity to approximately 458,000 customers in 27 Lone Star State counties, started construction on its Montgomery County Power Station, a state-of-the-art, 993-megawatt combined cycle gas turbine facility at Lewis Creek Power Plant in Willis, Texas.

According to company officials, “the facility will provide a new source of reliable, low-cost and clean energy to meet the growing power demand across Southeast Texas.” Entergy issued final notice to proceed on the plan in August 2018. The plant is expected to be online by mid-2021.

"Southeast Texas is growing, and Entergy Texas needs to invest now to power that growth," said Sallie Rainer, President & CEO of Entergy Texas, Inc. "By providing reliable, affordable power, we can meet our customers' needs today, while laying the foundation for future growth across our region."

The construction of MCPS will modernize Entergy Texas' generation fleet using new technology that provides a cleaner and more efficient source of power. This efficient technology will benefit customers by providing a savings of approximately $1.7 billion over the next 30 years.

The energy company said an independent economic analysis by TXP, Inc. estimates that construction alone is expected to generate an estimated $1 billion in economic activity across the state. Additionally, construction is expected to create a multiplier effect of more than 7,000 jobs (direct, indirect, induced).

"We are committed to making investments that move our customers and communities forward," said Rainer. "MCPS is a part of our $2 billion investment in infrastructure that will create jobs, spur economic development and serve our customers."

Entergy Corporation, which delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy Texas, Inc.

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