Calpine Sells Its Entire Leasehold Interest in the Fox Energy Center to GE Energy Financial Services
Calpine Corporation [OTC Pink Sheets: CPNLQ] announced today that one of its non–debtor subsidiaries has completed the sale of its entire leasehold interest in the 560–megawatt Fox Energy Center, located in Kaukauna, Wis., to affiliates of GE Energy Financial Services, the plant's owner/lessor. With this sale, Calpine continues to advance its Chapter 11 restructuring program to strengthen its business – financially and operationally – and to position the company for future growth.
The Fox Energy Center is a natural gas–fired, combined–cycle facility that supplies electricity to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation under a ten–year power sales agreement. In consideration of the sale, Calpine receives a cash payment from GE Energy Financial Services of approximately $16.3 million and eliminates approximately $352.3 million of obligations under a non–recourse sale/leaseback transaction.
Robert P. May, Calpine's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The sale of the Fox Energy Center will enhance Calpine's liquidity and reduce project debt, allowing Calpine to further focus its resources on our core power and trading operations. As part of our restructuring, Calpine continues to evaluate every aspect of our power and contractual portfolio. Our goal is to determine the right asset base and market mix to achieve near–term results while positioning Calpine for long–term growth."
Calpine operated, maintained and held a leasehold interest in the facility through its subsidiary, CPN Fox. Another business unit of GE, GE Energy, has hired all of Calpine's former Fox Energy Center personnel to continue to operate and maintain the power plant. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have approved the sale.
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 nearly 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 integrated systems of fuel–efficient natural gas–fired and renewable geothermal power plants. Please visit www.calpine.com for more information.
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