Calpine Corporation completes acquisition of San Diego Power Project from PG&E National Energy Group

SAN JOSE, Calif. & SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2001 — Calpine Corporation and PG&E Corporation's PG&E National Energy Group announced today that Calpine has completed the acquisition of the Otay Mesa Generating Project in San Diego County.

The PG&E National Energy Group developed the project, which was licensed by the California Energy Commission in April. Construction of the 500-megawatt energy center is expected to begin later this summer, with completion targeted for mid-2003.

Under the terms of the sale, Calpine will build, own and operate the facility and PG&E National Energy Group will contract for up to 250 megawatts of output.

"This project will directly address the electricity supply imbalance that currently exists in San Diego County," said Ron Walter, Senior Vice President - Business Development. "Otay Mesa is an important component needed to ensure price stability and power reliability for San Diego and all of California."

"The PG&E National Energy Group is committed to being part of the energy solution in California," said Thomas B. King, president and Chief Operating Officer of the PG&E National Energy Group, West Region. "Generation from the Otay Mesa plant will be an important part of our growing western resource portfolio."

The Otay Mesa Generating Project will be located within a 46-acre property on the eastern portion of Otay Mesa, near the base of the San Ysidro Mountains, approximately 1.5 miles from the United States-Mexico border.

Designed as a highly efficient, combined-cycle generating station, the Otay Mesa facility will be fueled by natural gas and will include state-of-the-art emission control equipment and water conservation technology. In addition, in a first-of-its-kind program, the Otay Mesa Generating Project will utilize mobile emission reduction credits to offset emissions. A large portion of the mobile credits will be created through the conversion of refuse-hauling vehicles in San Diego to natural gas fuel.

Power from the Otay Mesa plant will be sold into the California wholesale market. As part of the agreement to sell the project to Calpine, the PG&E National Energy Group will enter into a 10-year tolling arrangement under which it will contract for up to 250 megawatts. Calpine will market the balance of the output through its energy services group.

In addition to the capacity it will receive from the Otay Mesa Plant, the PG&E National Energy Group is constructing a 1,000-megawatt LaPaloma plant near Bakersfield, Calif., which is expected to be fully operational by mid-2002. Additionally, the PG&E National Energy Group is in the process of acquiring 66 megawatts of wind generation near Palm Springs, and it is also developing with Sempra International the proposed North Baja Pipeline, which will provide a potential new source of natural gas for Southern California and Northern Mexico.

In total throughout the West, the PG&E National Energy Group has more than 4,000 megawatts of new generation in construction or advanced development.

Building upon its existing 2,425-megawatt natural gas and geothermal operating portfolio, Calpine has launched the largest power generating initiative in the state with 1,950 megawatts of energy centers under construction in and around California, and has announced the development of an additional 3,850 megawatts of generation.

By the end of 2005, Calpine plans to build more than 12,000 megawatts of generation dedicated to restoring the stability of California's energy markets. Calpine's total North American portfolio will exceed 70,000 megawatts by the end of 2005. The company recently announced the acquisition of a 1,200-megawatt natural gas-fired plant in the United Kingdom.

Calpine Corporation, based in San Jose, Calif., is dedicated to providing customers with reliable and competitively priced electricity. Calpine is focused on clean, efficient, natural gas-fired generation and is the world's largest producer of renewable geothermal energy. Calpine has launched the largest power development program in North America.

To date, the company has approximately 34,000 megawatts of base load capacity and 7,200 megawatts of peaking capacity in operation, under construction, pending acquisition and in announced development in 29 states, the United Kingdom and Canada. The company was founded in 1984 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CPN.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., PG&E National Energy Group develops, owns and operates electric generating and gas pipeline facilities and provides energy trading, marketing and risk-management services.

More information about each company can be found at their respective websites at www.calpine.com or www.pgecorp.com.

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

Profiling Geothermal Energy in North America

North America holds diverse geologic conditions, economic and political contexts, and geothermal experiences.

Energy Reform Package to Increase Competition And Private Sector Opportunities in the Mexican Power Industry

In April, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a legislative reform package that was approved by the Mexican Congress, overhauling the nation's energy industries.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter

Latest News

Shutterstock coal production trucks

Weekly Coal Production

The Weekly Coal Production shows how much coal is being produced across the U.S.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Weekly Economic Indicators financial business

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Economic Indicators

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas offers a glimpse into how the markets are doing domestical...

Kvaerner awarded contract for gas-fired power plant in Delaware

Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. and its joint venture partner, Parsons Brinckerhoff...

Canadian Solar purchases two solar projects

Canadian Solar Inc. has acquired a majority interest in two utility-scale solar power project...

Operators Restart Unit 2 at PPL Susquehanna

Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, Pa. resumed generating electr...

Settlement agreement limits cost recovery at Edwardsport

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) on Dec. 27 modified and approved a settlemen...

Toshiba in talks to sell portion of Westinghouse nuclear unit

Toshiba Corp is in talks  to sell up to 16% of its stake in the Westinghouse Electric Co...

Utah nixes nuclear waste storage facility

Plans to park radioactive waste at a storage facility in Utah have been officially called off.

Power Engineering Current Issue

03/01/2014
Volume 118, Issue 3
1403PE-cover

Products Showcase

Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Industry Wire News

Bayport International Holdings, Inc. (BAYP) Announces Completion of the Brown Lease in McIntosh County, Oklahoma

Bayport International Holdings, Inc. (BAYP) Announces Completion of the Brown Lease in ...

National Hockey League Names Constellation Its Official Energy Provider, Will Offset Carbon Footprint Across All 30 Team Markets

National Hockey League Names Constellation Its Official Energy Provider, Will Offset Ca...

BioCNG, LLC Announces Groundbreaking on BioCNG Vehicle Fuel System and Pipeline for Grand Junction, Colorado's Persigo WWTP

BioCNG, LLC Announces Groundbreaking on BioCNG Vehicle Fuel System and Pipeline for Gra...

Synergy Resources Corporation Provides an Operations Update, Estimating 100% Year-Over-Year Production Growth, and a Revised Fiscal 2015 Capital Forecast

Synergy Resources Corporation Provides an Operations Update, Estimating 100% Year-Over-...

XZERES Sees Accelerating Sales Growth, Driven by Further Adoption in Key Markets

XZERES Sees Accelerating Sales Growth, Driven by Further Adoption in Key Markets

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>