New Natural Gas Power Plant
Newman 6 Natural Gas Power Plant – New Addition
El Paso Electric Co. is profiting off the Permian Basin’s unprecedented level of fracking. They are locking in El Paso’s climate destruction for the next 20 years, harming those in the Permian Basin and the El Paso region. EPE and JP Morgan lobbied the Public Utility Commission of Texas to approve of this project despite opposition from the City of El Paso. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has not decided on the approval of this new fracking infrastructure.
The precise location of the Newman Generating Station is 4900 Stan Roberts S. Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79934, which is located between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and McCombs Street, and approximately four-tenths of one mile east of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
- Further information may also be obtained by calling the Public Utility Commission at (512) 936-7120 or (888) 782-8477.
- Hearing-and speech-impaired individuals with text telephones (“TTY”) may contact the Commission at (512) 936-7136 or use Relay Texas (toll-free) 1-800-735-2989.
- A copy of EPE’s petition may be viewed on the Commission’s webpage at www.puc.state.tx.us.
- The Commission maintains an electronic copy of all filings on the “filings – interchange” section of its webpage. The control number for this proceeding on the Commission’s webpage is 50277.
As a citizen, the next step is to write letters to the PUC of Texas and tell them your story and how you feel, and that you oppose new natural gas power plants.
There is no such thing as Clean Natural Gas
Solar energy and battery storage could easily be installed instead of a new natural gas power plant to ensure EPE can support peak demand throughout the year. The Utility could invest more in solar, storage, wind, geothermal, and building up our local job base at the same time. Also, solar and storage is much quicker and easier to install and integrate with the utility. If EPE were to promote residential solar instead of fighting against it and adding a new tax that creates a minimum bill of $30/month for all solar homeowners. So if you ever go below a $30 total bill, they bump it right back up to $30, holding you hostage to their utility even if you are not using it.
Peer-reviewed findings from satellite data show that the Permian has unleashed the highest emissions ever measured from a major U.S. oil and gas basin. And hauntingly, despite the COVID-caused oil price drop, this historic level of production and pollution is still predicted to increase. A pre-COVID report predicted its production to double by 2030. J.P. Morgan stands to profit both from extracting natural gas through Permian fracking and selling these fossil fuels to consumers through gas plant electric generators. They won’t experience the negative effects of their emissions and climate change and those profits will extracted from our community and sent to Wall Street. We need to own our Utility and create a Municipal Electric Utility in El Paso, TX.
While its authors outline a range of arguments, the report, Burning the Gas “Bridge Fuel” Myth: Why Gas is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary, highlights this simple reason: There is no room for new fossil fuel development — natural gas included — within the Paris Agreement goals. Therefore, plans to transition to a natural gas-based system are incompatible with international climate goals.
“We simply have no more time to debate what’s already been settled. We must move swiftly to a fully renewable energy economy and leave all fossil fuels, including gas, behind,” said Lorne Stockman, report author and Senior Research Analyst for Oil Change International. “Despite desperate attempts by the oil and gas industry to persuade policymakers that their products have a future in a climate-safe world, a rational look at the data clearly shows otherwise.”
Scientists say avoiding catastrophic climate change requires drastically reducing fossil fuel use. Meeting international climate goals and avoiding large-scale extinction of plant and animal life calls for rapidly decarbonizing the global economy, which is now a possibility with the low-and-dropping costs of renewable energy and storage.
Natural Gas is a bridge to nowhere!
When fracking for natural gas, if you leak more than 2 or 3 percent of the methane in the ground, it’s worse for climate change than using coal power.
- Fracking destroys water sources
- Methane leaks
- Methane is 34 times worse than CO2
- Burning natural gas produces nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are precursors to smog
- A study of hydraulic fracturing impacts in Michigan found environmental impacts to be “significant” and include increased erosion and sedimentation, increased risk of aquatic contamination from chemical spills or equipment runoff, habitat fragmentation, and reduction of surface waters as a result of the lowering of groundwater levels