American Renewables developed a 100-MW wood-fired biomass power project near Sacul, Texas, which it sold to Southern Power Company.
The Nacogdoches Power project is a 100-MW wood-fired biomass power project near Sacul, Texas. It consists of:
- a wood fuel handling system
- a bubbling fluidized bed boiler
- a condensing steam turbine generator with an evaporative cooling tower and
- auxiliary support equipment.
The project employs the latest in boiler and emissions control technology to achieve best available emissions.
Nacogdoches Power entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Austin Energy, the municipal utility owned by and serving the City of Austin, Texas.
American Renewables handled development and initial planning for the Nacogdoches Power project and sold it to Southern Power Company in 2009. Southern Power is among the largest wholesale energy providers in the Southeast and is a subsidiary of Southern Company. In 2009, Southern Power began construction on the Nacogdoches Generating Facility, and the plant began commercial operation in June 2012.
Nacogdoches Power is fueled by biomass materials, including:
- forest residue from the surrounding, heavily wooded areas of East Texas,
- wood processing residues and
- clean municipal wood waste.
The project will require approximately one million tons of fuel annually, which will be procured within a 75-mile radius of the project site. A comprehensive fuel study by an independent forestry consultant has confirmed that fuel resources within this radius are more than adequate to fuel the project during its operating lifetime.