Calpine Recieves Court Approval to Sell An Interest in Its Russell City Energy Center to GE Energy Financial Services
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York today approved the sale of a 35–percent equity interest in Calpine Corporation's [OTC Pink Sheets: CPNLQ] Russell City Energy Center to GE Energy Financial Services for approximately $44 million. Calpine will own the remaining 65–percent interest. GE Energy Financial Services' equity will be applied toward completion of development and construction of the power plant, and it also will provide related credit support for the project. The Russell City Energy Center is a proposed 600–megawatt, natural gas–fired power plant to be built in Hayward, Calif. that will help power the San Francisco Bay Area.
"With the growing demand for power in California, especially the Bay Area, the Russell City Energy Center is well positioned to help meet demand in a manner that is environmentally friendly and cost–effective," stated Calpine Chief Executive Officer Robert P. May. "Calpine looks forward to building upon our long–term relationship with GE. With a strong record of achievement in the power industry, GE Energy Financial Services will be a valued strategic partner to Calpine."
"Russell City represents a unique opportunity to invest in a critical new–build generation facility in the highly sought–after California market," said Leanne Bell, Managing Director for Power at GE Energy Financial Services. "This investment will help California meet its power needs and is consistent with our growth strategy. GE Energy Financial Services also values the opportunity to partner with Calpine, an experienced developer familiar with the California market."
Construction of the fuel–efficient, combined–cycle power plant is scheduled to begin by the spring of 2008 and to be completed in mid–2010, in time to help meet peak electricity summer demand. In March 2006, a Calpine affiliate agreed in a letter of intent to sell the Russell City Energy Center's full output to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Calpine and PG&E expect to replace the letter of intent in October 2006 with a ten–year tolling agreement.
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Calpine Corporation is helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity. Founded in 1984, Calpine is a major North American power company, capable of delivering more than 26,000 megawatts of clean, reliable and fuel–efficient electricity to customers and communities in 20 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. The company owns, leases and operates fuel–efficient natural gas–fired and renewable geothermal power plants. Please visit www.calpine.com for more information.
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Calpine Corporation Forward–Looking Statement:
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