Tenaska Brownsville


Tenaska Brownsville Generating Station
Cameron County, Texas

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A combined-cycle facility developed, owned and operated by Tenaska similar to that planned for
Brownsville, Texas.


Tenaska, a respected energy developer, has selected a site in Brownsville, Texas, to build and operate a state-of-the-art electric generating facility. Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the plant would bring hundreds of construction jobs, approximately 23 skilled, full-time, well-paying operations jobs and power to meet the growing demand for electricity in the state.

Tenaska has entered into an agreement with the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) for an ownership interest in the proposed plant that entitles BPUB to receive approximately 200 megawatts (MW) of the plant’s output. Tenaska is marketing the additional capacity to other customers.

Economic Impact

The Tenaska Brownsville Generating Station is expected to:

  • Boost the local economy, with a total construction cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Provide 600 to 700 jobs at peak construction and approximately 23 skilled, full-time, well-paying jobs during operation.
  • Provide more than $100 million in tax revenue to the city of Brownsville, Cameron County, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District and other taxing entities over the 30-year life of the project.
  • Help maintain sufficient generating capacity in the area to support continued economic expansion and electric service reliability.

Tenaska has a 30-year record of building, owning and operating environmentally responsible electric generating facilities. Three Tenaska plants have received “Project of the Year” honors from industry sources. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental organization, has listed Tenaska in benchmarking studies since 2004 as having among the lowest fleet-wide average emission rates for fossil-fueled power plants in the United States.