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Owners say Gibbons Creek coal plant in Texas will remain in mothball status

Denton Record-Chronicle:

The coal-fired power plant Denton co-owns with three other cities will be mothballed indefinitely, now that the state’s power grid officials have agreed.

Denton Municipal Electric’s general manager, George Morrow, said the Texas Municipal Power Agency has no intention of operating the Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant this summer. Denton owns the plant together with the cities of Garland, Greenville and Bryan.

The plant near Bryan sat idle over the past two winters but made electricity last summer. That won’t happen this summer under the mothball status. “We need at least six months’ notice to restart,” Morrow said.

For now, there are no plans to begin the expensive process of decommissioning the coal plant, Morrow said.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas included that loss of generation when it forecast the summer electric market in December. The forecast will be updated this month.

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