Gas-Fired Plant Cleared

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El Paso Electric entered into a settlement agreement with environmental groups that will allow it to begin construction of a 228 MW gas-fired unit at its Newman Power Station in El Paso, Texas. The agreement with the Chaparral Community Coalition for Health and the Environment and the Sierra Club removes an obstacle to the project’s air permit. The new unit will replace Newman Units 1 and 2 and Rio Grande Unit 7, all of which are more than 60 years old, less efficient and unreliable, according to El Paso. The utility says the project will enable it to save 600 million gallons of water per year, triple its renewable energy portfolio with the addition of 200 MW of solar generation and 50 MW of battery storage, and reduce its carbon emission by 25% by 2025.

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