News Release > Texas Comptroller visits Montgomery County Power Station during Good for Texas Tour: Energy Edition
Texas Comptroller visits Montgomery County Power Station during Good for Texas Tour: Energy Edition
The Montgomery County Power Station is a state-of-the-art natural gas power plant that provides 993 megawatts of clean, affordable and efficient energy to power over 184,000 homes
WILLIS, Texas – Entergy Texas’ state-of-the-art Montgomery County Power Station (MCPS) was recently featured as one of the five stops on Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Good for Texas Tour: Energy Edition. The tour allows Comptroller Hegar to visit some of the state’s key power entities and take a deep dive into Texas’ challenges and successes in energy generation, management and planning.
Entergy Texas’ Montgomery County Power Station provides 993 megawatts of clean, affordable and efficient energy to power over 184,000 homes. The plant achieved commercial operation in January 2021, which was ahead of schedule and crucial to providing essential generation to Southeast Texas during Winter Storm Uri.
“The Montgomery County Power Station utilizes technology that provides efficient, dispatchable power,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. “The plain truth is Texas needs natural-gas-fueled electric generation to ensure we have a diverse portfolio of energy sources that can meet the needs of our growing state regardless of weather conditions or the time of day.”
Natural gas provides more than 40 percent of the electric-generating capacity in Texas, making it the largest single source of power in the state. MCPS is the newest of the state’s 176 natural gas-fired power plants that play a crucial role in meeting peak electricity demand and ensuring grid reliability.
“It was an honor to host Comptroller Hegar at MCPS and showcase how the plant continues to provide reliable, sustainable and lower-cost energy, including during extreme weather events,” said Eliecer Viamontes, CEO and president of Entergy Texas. “We were equally proud to share our progress on another state-of-the-art facility under construction, the Orange County Advanced Power Station, which will yield 1,215 MW of natural gas to power more than 230,000 homes.”
By the end of 2024, Entergy Texas plans to invest over $2 billion to replace aging generation and increase resiliency and capacity for Southeast Texas.
To learn more about the investments the company is making support the growing energy demand in its service area, visit www.entergy.com/brightfuturetx.