Lower Colorado River Authority

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The Lower Colorado River Authority or LCRA is a nonprofit public utility that was created in November 1934 by the Texas Legislature. LCRA's mission is to protect people, property and the environment by providing public services for more than one million people in Central and Southeast Texas. These services include electricity, water, flood management, water and wastewater utilities, public parks along the Highland Lakes and lower Colorado River, and community and economic development services to rural and suburban communities.


Power generation portfolio


The Fayette Power Project is a three-unit coal-fired power plant near Fayette County that provides 1,025 megawatts for LCRA. One of the units is owned by LCRA. The other two units (and the power they produce) are co-owned by Austin Energy. Lake Fayette is the cooling pond for the project. LCRA uses coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming as fuel.

Natural gas

The Sim Gideon Power Plant is a three-unit natural gas-fired plant in Bastrop County that provides 620 megawatts. The Lost Pines Power Project 1 (owned and operated by GenTex Power Corporation, a wholly owned affiliate of LCRA) is a natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant adjacent to the Sim Gideon plant and the two form the Lost Pines Power Park. This plant can generate up to 545 megawatts. Lake Bastrop is the cooling pond for the Lost Pines Power Park.

The Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant is a single-unit gas-fired plant in Marble Falls that provides 420 megawatts.

LCRA buys natural gas on the open market and stores it at the Hilbig Gas Storage Facility, an underground reservoir near Rockne. The facility can hold up to 4 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

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