Project

Bethel Energy Center

The Bethel Energy Center is a planned 317 MW compressed air energy storage (CAES) facility that will be located in Anderson County, within Texas’ ERCOT power market. The project is fully permitted and construction-ready. When complete, the plant is expected to provide power for over 300,000 homes and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue each year.

Quick facts

Location: Tennessee Colony, Anderson County, Texas

Site size: 49 acres

Generating output: 317 MW (expansion up to 476 MW)

Technology: Compressed air energy storage

Fuel: Electricity (compression) and gas (expansion)

Anticipated construction start: 1st quarter 2017

Construction duration: 3 years

Anticipated Commercial Operation Date: Summer 2020

Facility Highlights

The Bethel Energy Center will:

  • Create 20-25 high-paying, long-term jobs in Anderson County
  • Create ~200 construction jobs over our 3 year construction period
  • Construct its storage cavern in the Bethel salt dome, which has a track record of successful natural gas storage
  • Be one of the cleanest dispatchable power plants in the United States
  • Utilize the most advanced emissions-control technology
  • Consume significantly less natural gas relative to traditional gas-fired plants
  • Be capable of achieving full output in 10 minutes from a cold start
  • Encourage the development of additional wind and solar capacity by:
    • time-shifting renewable power production from low-demand to high-demand periods
    • providing fast-response grid regulation to balance intermittent renewable power production

Major Equipment Provider

Siemens AG – one of the world’s largest manufacturers of trusted turbine equipment – will provide the power island package.