Luminant prepares to meet summer demand


Luminant’s power plants have wrapped up spring maintenance and refueling and are ready for the high-demand summer months.

With the colder-than-normal winter behind us and the warmer days of May arriving, that means the hot summer months of 2014 in Texas will soon be following.

And Luminant plants and mines are ready.

Top performances in safety and reliability during summer, especially the months of July and August, are critical in many ways. The demand for power soars as homes and businesses rely around the clock on air conditioning. Customers look to Luminant to help generate that much needed power.

As always, safety is the most important principle at Luminant. At the recent annual summer readiness meeting, Luminant CEO Mac McFarland said, “I really can’t stress this enough so you’ll hear me say this over and over year round, not just with the important summer months ahead. Safety is paramount at Luminant and the goal is zero incidents. Let me repeat that, zero.”

Luminant employees at plants, mines and all company work sites set a good trend for safety so far in 2014. Scott Diermann, senior director for safety, training and workforce planning said recordable injuries are down year to date from 2013. “But we can’t get lulled into complacency,” Diermann said. “We can’t lose focus on process safety.”

In that regard, Ric Federwisch, senior vice president for fossil power services, said a key focus is hazard mitigation or finding hazards before being exposed to them. “We’ve got a good start on that,” he said.

The directors at Luminant power plants reported that their units are ready. Chief Nuclear Officer Rafael Flores said following this spring’s safe and successful refueling outage at unit two, both units at Comanche Peak are set for full operation through the summer. The lignite and gas plants have wrapped up their planned spring maintenance outages, according to Steve Horn, senior vice president of fossil generation. Additionally, Horn said plants, as needed, are providing cooling vests and hydration stations for employees for the hottest days.

Luminant Mining spent the spring months stockpiling fuel in anticipation of the high demand summer months. Steve Kopenitz, senior vice president mining, said “We’ve been focused on providing the quality lignite the plants will need and we’re in good shape.  I’m really proud of the team effort at all the mines.”

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