Fort Bend County officials approve incentives advancing power generation facility construction | Fort Bend Economic Development Council

Fort Bend County officials recently approved an incentive package to WattBridge Energy, LLC advancing construction of a 288 MW natural gas-fired power generation facility that developers say will provide electricity to the Texas grid during critical peak periods.

The Braes Bayou Power Station project, a 288 MW natural gas-fired power generation facility, will feature power provided six gas turbine packages designed and built by ProEnergy.

“Our project will provide a critical energy resource to the region during peak demands in the Summer and Winter months and support continued commercial and residential growth in the area,” WattBridge CEO Mike Alvarado said in a statement. “Secondly, facilities like this enable the growth of renewable wind and solar generation in the electricity market and are a key feature to cost effective and reliable electricity to Fort Bend and other Texas customers.”

The power station will be built in Thompsons at the intersection of Smithers Lake and Lockwood Road.

Fort Bend County Precinct One Commissioner Vincent Morales, Jr. voiced support for the development.

“We are delighted to have WattBridge Energy as an integral component of the power network in our Fort Bend County,” Morales said. “Complimenting the solar power providers in Fort Bend, the Braes Bayou project will strengthen our capacity to offer efficient, clean, renewable energy to our growing residential and commercial populations, and the significant capital investment provides an infusion of tax dollars to the county coffers.”

The measure was approved unanimously during Tuesday’s meeting.

“We are excited to bring the Braes Bayou project to Fort Bend County and grateful for the support shown by Commissioner Morales, the Commissioners Court and the Fort Bend Economic Development Council,” WattBridge Chief Financial Officer Lee Shuman said in a statement.

WattBridge is a Houston-based firm that develops and operates power solutions enabling renewable energy growth.

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