Handley dates back to 1902, when the Northern Texas Traction Company built a generating plant, the largest in the area, along the adjacent Lake Erie. When Unit 1 was built, it was the first outdoor steam electric fossil power plant of its type in the industry. Now known as Lake Arlington, the lake serves as a popular recreation and amusement area for the local community.
Handley employs sophisticated emergency response plans to protect public health and safety. These plans are reviewed and approved by state governments and regulatory agencies. The emergency planning includes coordination with local counties, municipalities and school districts.
Supporting the Local Economy
The majority of Handley’s 47 Exelon employees live in Tarrant County. The station’s annual payroll is about $4 million.
Handley aims to be a good neighbor and is very active in the local community.
- Sponsorship. The power plant sponsors several community events including Handley Festival; “Light Up Arlington” July 4th Celebration; and the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive.
- Charitable Giving & Volunteering. Handley employees give generously to the community through a variety of charitable activities including the local United Way chapters, Operation Warm-Coat Give-Away, and Tarrant County Food Bank.