Tenaska power plant powers up in Westmoreland
Four days before Christmas, a new natural gas-fueled power plant began stirring. And more.
Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station became operational Dec. 21. Construction of the facility – in South Huntingdon Township, off Interstate 70 near Smithton – took a little more than two years.
The 940-megawatt plant, in southwestern Westmoreland County, is capable of generating electricity to about 940,000 homes in 13 eastern states, plus the District of Columbia. It is tied into PJM Interconnection, a regional grid.
Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners LLC owns the new plant, which is made up of affiliates of Tenaska, Diamond Generating Corporation and J-POWER USA Investment Co. Ltd. Tenaska is an energy company based in Omaha, Neb.
Jerry Crouse, chief operating officer and vice chairman of Tenaska, said in a statement: “Tenaska Westmoreland is a highly efficient generating facility that is well suited to meet the needs of the PJM market. We … look forward to Tenaska Westmoreland being a reliable power producer for decades.”