"It's in important part of our power mix. We have some substantial renewable goals and this project will make up a large percentage of that," Pat Sweeney, of Austin Energy, said.
The immediate benefit in East Texas is revenue.
Southern Power is among the largest wholesale energy providers in the Southeast, meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities. The company owns and operates more than 7,500 megawatts with facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina and has an additional 820 megawatts committed to construction in North Carolina and Texas. Visit the Southern Company Web site at www.southerncompany.com.
"We know what it takes to get one to this point. And it takes a lot of partnership and it's clear you folks have done that," Southern CEO Ronnie Bates said.