New power plant proposed in Fannin Co.

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- After last year’s controversy over proposed coal-fired power plants in Texas, talks of a new natural gas power plant on the Fannin/Grayson county line could raise concern from residents, but county officials say this proposed plant would be different, and could help the area meet the rising energy needs.

Since the controversy over proposed TXU coal burning power plants last year, the mention of any new facility has several residents up in arms.

That is why officials want to make sure everyone knows this proposed plant is very different.

Bonham chamber president Bill Jones is referring to a proposed multi-million dollar natural gas coal-powered plant outside of Savoy.

The Patillo Branch Power Company out of Florida has submitted an application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for an air quality permit which would allow them to consider construction of the plant.

Jones has been working with officials with the company since June and says it is not a done deal that they will bring the distribution plant to Fannin County, but that they are taking all the steps necessary if and when they do.

As part of the permitting process, the company has released the planned specifications to the public at the Bonham Library. In it, the company states the plant will use state-of-the-art technology and have reduced emission in order to meet the need for the growing area.

Officials want to stress the plant is in the early stages of development and no actual construction will begin anytime soon. The air quality permit still has to be approved, and that could take up to a year.

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