Twin Oaks Power Unit 3

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Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, proposed a 600 MW power plant as a third generating unit at its 350 MW Twin Oaks Power Plant in Bremond, TX.[1] Sempra Generation filed for an air permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in July 2005; as of Dec. 2007, the permit was still pending.[2]

In April 2006, PNM Resources acquired the plant from Sempra. In June 2007, PNM Resources entered a joint venture (along with Bill Gates’s Cascade Investments) with EnergyCo, passing on the power contracts of the current and future Twin Oaks units to EnergyCo.[3]

In August 2008, PNM announced that it would not pursue the Twin Oaks expansion. No reason was given for the cancellation.[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: EnergyCo
Location: Bremond, Robertson County, TX
Capacity: 600 MW
Type: Conventional lignite
Projected in service: 2011
Status: Cancelled


Citizen Groups



  1. Emissions from Recently Permitted and Proposed Coal Burning Power Plants, Stop the Coal Plant website, August 7, 2007.
  2. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chief Clerk's Database, Permit #76381, accessed December 2007.
  3. PNM Texas Coal Plant to Go to Bill Gates Venture, Reuters UK, April 13, 2007.
  4. "PNM Resources drops Texas coal-plant expansion," Reuters, August 12, 2008.

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External links

  • "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed January 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)