New power plant could be built in Bay City

An executive for a company planning to build a coal-fired power plant in Southeast Texas says the company will change how it would cool the plant, allowing it to operate with trillions of less gallons of water annually.

The move shared Thursday with The Associated Press brings the proposed plant in Bay City closer to reality.

Randy Bird, the chief operating officer for White Stallion Energy Center, says the facility would now use dry cooling in its 1,200 net megawatt electric generation plant. That means it will need some 978 million gallons of water annually to operate. He says this is far less than the wet cooling system initially proposed that required more than 8 trillion gallons of water.

Bird says the company changed its plans because “it hasn’t rained.”