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Calpine Plans PA Generation for 2001

Calpine Plans PA Generation for 2001

Calpine Corp. of San Jose, CA, acquired the rights to build, own and operate a 545-MW gas-fired power plant in Ontelaunee Township in eastern Pennsylvania. The proposed Ontelaunee Energy Center will serve users throughout the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) power pool. Permitting for the proposed $285 million facility is now underway, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2000. The plant, which is scheduled to start production in late 2001, will burn 85,000 to 90,000 MMBtu of gas per day.

The PJM power pool currently has a peak-load requirement of about 50,000 MWs. The deregulated PJM market is expected to require the addition of 24,000 MWs of new generation between 2000 and 2015 due to internal load growth and the retirement of nuclear and older coal plants.

The proposed energy center will be built on a 20-acre parcel of industrial-zoned land. The facility is sited near a large electric substation and directly borders three Texas Eastern transmission lines.

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