Calpine natural gas plant enters commercial operation


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Houston, October 21, 2009 — Calpine Corp. put its nearly 600-MW Otay Mesa Energy Center into commercial service October 3.

The natural-gas fired plant, located near San Diego, is generating electric power for customers of San Diego Gas and Electric under a 10-year tolling agreement for the full output of the plant, giving SDG&E the ability to dispatch power and ancillary services from the plant. SDG&E also will supply natural gas to fuel the plant.

OMEC is a combined cycle power plant, fueled with natural gas and fitted with advanced air emissions control equipment. In addition, mobile emission reduction credits were created when Calpine paid for retrofitting local marine vessels and sanitation vehicles with improved technology.

These permanently retired emissions more than offset emissions from the plant, resulting in a net air quality benefit for the San Diego region. Finally, OMEC is air cooled, conserving water by eliminating the need to use ground or potable municipal water to cool recirculated steam.

Calpine has built and operated power plants in the State of California for 25 years. The Otay Mesa Energy Center will increase Calpine’s California portfolio to 36 power plants and more than 5,800 MW including 725 MW of renewable geothermal energy.

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