Calpine to Build 1,100 MW in Northern California

With electricity woes in California continuing to grow in severity, Calpine Corp. is in the process of easing the strain in the long term as it considers plans to develop and operate an 1,100 MW natural gas-fired electric generating facility in Alameda County, CA.

The proposed $550 million East Altamont Energy Center would generate enough electricity to supply one million homes in northern California, while producing 90% fewer emissions than old-technology power plants.

Calpine has chosen a 50-acre site adjacent to the Western Area Power Administration's (Western) electrical substation for construction of the facility. The San Jose-based company has already proposed to tie in the plant's capacity to Western's transmission system.

"California needs additional generating facilities and the proposed site for the East Altamont Energy Center is well suited to improve electric system reliability as well as provide much needed generation," said Jerry Toenyes, Western's Sierra Nevada regional manager.

Pending regulatory approvals of the project, Calpine expects to begin construction in June 2002, with commercial operation beginning in June 2004.

"We're excited by the potential of the East Altamont site. Building upon existing infrastructure in the region, and coupled with a truly safe, environmentally advanced and modern design, the East Altamont Energy Center will bring clean, reliable and much needed energy to Alameda County, the Central Valley and other major northern California energy markets," stated John King, Calpine's vice president-business development.

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