El Paso Electric’s air permits for its planned, controversial $163.8 million Newman power plant project have been issued by state regulators, the company said Friday.
That clears the way for construction to begin on the “state-of-the-art 228-megawatt, natural gas” generator at the company’s largest power plant, company officials said in a statement.
No construction start date was given, but the new generator is expected to be in operation by summer 2023, officials said.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s action comes about two weeks after EPE and opponents of the project agreed to a settlement, ending a contested-case hearing process for the project’s air-quality permits.
The settlement with the Sierra Club and the Chaparral Coalition for Community Health and the Environment was announced Aug. 16.
The plant is located on 175 acres in a mostly undeveloped area at Stan Roberts Sr. Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near the Texas-New Mexico border. Chaparral, New Mexico is about 2 miles from the plant.