The new power plant produces power for the state’s electric grid as one of the newest, most efficient and reliable electric generating facilities.

Fluor has constructed the $500m power plant, which is next to the original Ferguson plant, to replace the original Thomas C. Ferguson plant on Lake LBJ.

LCRA board chair Timothy Timmerman said: ""The new Ferguson plant’s state-of-the-art technology and design allow us to respond quickly to demands for power while reducing transmission congestion costs for LCRA’s wholesale electric customers."

LCRA general manager Phil Wilson said: "This plant will serve Texans for many years with cost-effective, reliable power. This is especially important as the state grows and our need for power expands."

The new plant, which is among the most environmentally responsible power plants in Texas, can generate 30% to 40% fewer emissions per megawatt-hour than the old plant using only one-third of the water of a comparably sized steam plant.

A small portion of the plant is owned by the City of San Marcos under a provision of LCRA’s wholesale power agreement which enables customers to participate in LCRA’s power generation projects.