Austin Didn’t Use Its $1B Biomass Power Plant During Winter Crisis

Austin a hot mess. “

  • As millions of Texans suffered last week during historic winter storms and catastrophic power outages, city officials in Austin left a $1 billion power plant completely offline. Jacob Asmussen has the details.
  • The city’s East Texas biomass power plant—a facility that burns wood waste to generate more than 100 megawatts of power—was not turned on a single time during the crisis week. It could have powered more than 20,000 homes. A spokesman for the city-owned Austin Energy said the plant was turned off because they switched the facility last year to only seasonal use.”

Austin Didn’t Use Its $1B Biomass Power Plant During Winter Crisis