As we invest to power Southeast Texas, we are committed to working with local residents to keep you updated and answer your questions. Check back here for the latest project updates and how we are working to better serve you.
We have organized a Community Advisory Board, comprised of local leaders, to help ensure that the voices of citizens are heard. The Community Advisory Board serve as representatives for local residents, taking questions and concerns from the community and providing feedback to Entergy Texas during the construction process. The Board will meet quarterly, and we will post recaps of those meeting here for interested residents.
Learn more about the Community Advisory Board here.
Crews have completed the steam blow process as part of the construction of the Montgomery County Power Station ahead of schedule.
We apologize for any inconvenience this work may have caused. The steam blow process is a continuous process until the required steam quality is reached, this work is essential for the safe operation of the power plant moving forward.
Please note – this noise was only temporary as we continue the construction process. The recent level of noise is not expected during the remaining construction, and future operation of the plant.
As Entergy Texas continues construction on the Montgomery County Power Station, you may notice some upcoming work. In order to clean the piping throughout the plant of dust and other debris, MCPS crews are required to conduct a series of steam blows.
Starting around Aug. 21, local residents may notice steam coming up from the plant or hear a low frequency rumble as the plant conducts unit commissioning. We expect this process to conclude around by Sept. 30, this timeframe is subject to change as we progress.
This activity is a normal part of the commissioning process and helps ensure the safe operation of the plant going forward.
It is our goal to make the construction of this plant as unobtrusive as possible. We have taken a number of steps to minimize the duration of these steam blows.
We have worked with local officials, as well as local residents to make them aware of this test. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
Example of steam blow work.
To maintain our infrastructure, Entergy regularly conducts upgrades, maintenance and replacement of our equipment. Beginning Monday, January 13, Entergy will be making repairs to an existing underground water pipeline along Crude Cemetery Rd between Lake Conroe and the Lewis Creek Reservoir in Willis. In order to safely complete the work, one lane will need to be closed in areas where crews are actively working. Traffic controllers will be present to safely direct traffic. The work is expected to last eight weeks, depending on the weather.
Montgomery County Power Station Groundbreaking
Montgomery County Power Station – Important Construction Update
As Entergy Texas builds the Montgomery County Power Station, we are taking every step to minimize the impact on our neighbors. Certain construction activities may result in increased truck traffic on Longstreet Rd. However, we are looking to take steps to ensure we are not getting in your way. Read More
Montgomery County Power Station Vendor Information Session
In support of Entergy’s commitment to invest the communities we serve, McDermott held a supplier information session for local vendors interested in opportunities related to the construction of the Montgomery County Power Station. McDermott is the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Vendors from across Southeast Texas had the opportunity to learn about the project, the suppliers needed and how to become a McDermott vendor.
According to an economic impact study from TXP Inc., the project will generate $1 billion in economic activity across Texas, comprised of $410 million direct investment in the local area, as well as generating $307 million in worker earnings and 7,000 total supported jobs (direct, indirect, induced). The project will create 750 onsite construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs.
Montgomery County Power Station Open House
For 40 years, Entergy Texas has worked to be a good neighbor at our Lewis Creek Power Plant located on Longstreet Road. As our region grows, the need to provide additional reliable, affordable power has grown as well. To meet this growth, Entergy Texas is building the Montgomery County Power Station, a new source of reliable, low-cost energy to power Southeast Texas into the future. This new facility will be located on Entergy’s property next to the Lewis Creek Power Plant on Longstreet Rd.
Our highest priority is to construct this new facility safely for our employees, contractors, and the community we serve. To support this goal, we will continue to communicate with the local residents and our community on what is occurring throughout this process. To provide an overview of this project and answer any questions you may have, we are hosting an Open House on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm at the Willis City Hall.
Also at this Open House will be representatives of the Community Advisory Board that Entergy Texas has established. This board is comprised of local community leaders, and their mission is to act as your advocate during this process.
Open House Details
Willis City Hall
200 N Bell St
Willis, TX 77378
November 9, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Entergy Texas is excited to embark on a new phase of our continued commitment of providing safe, reliable, and affordable power to our customers, and we look forward to visiting with you.
Montgomery County Power Station Set to Power Texas for Tomorrow
Paving the way for a new source of local, reliable power, the Public Utility Commission of Texas today voted to approve a proposal by Entergy Texas, Inc. to build the Montgomery County Power Station (MCPS), a 993 megawatt combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Willis, Texas. The PUCT’s action is a major step towards providing the next generation of clean and efficient energy for Southeast Texas.
“Southeast Texas has some of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Entergy Texas is committed to meeting our customers’ energy needs now and in the future. This investment will provide customers a new source of reliable power that reduces costs and lowers emissions, while also benefitting the southeast Texas economy,” said Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas.
Entergy Texas filed its proposal to construct the Montgomery County Power Station in October 2016. Following that filing, the company reached an unopposed agreement with parties in the case – including entities representing consumers and cities across Entergy Texas’ service area – on the need and benefits of MCPS.
Construction of the facility provides benefits for:
- Customers. MCPS is a significant step forward for the region. The plant will provide a stable and secure supply of electricity for a growing region, resulting in estimated savings of $1.7 billion over 30 years for Entergy Texas’ customers. The plant will produce immediate benefits to customers through lower energy costs. These fuel savings will pay off the cost of construction after less than 10 years of operation – a third of the plant’s lifecycle.
- Communities. According to an economic impact study from TXP Inc., the construction of this facility will generate $1 billion in economic activity across Texas, comprised of $410 million direct investment in the local area, as well as generating $307 million in worker earnings and 7,000 total supported jobs (direct and indirect).
- Environment. MCPS will be built with the environment in mind, featuring state-of-the-art emissions control technology that will lower emissions compared to the existing fleet through the use of high-efficiency, combined-cycle natural gas turbines.
“We are very pleased that this project received support of the parties and over 70 cities in the region. This overwhelming support demonstrates that the Commission and stakeholders recognize the importance of a modern and efficient plant such as this to the region and to Texas,” Rainer said. “We look forward to breaking ground in the first quarter of 2019 and expect to have the unit complete by summer 2021.”
Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 440,000 customers in 27 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy Texas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.