Calpine’s 565MW York gas-fired power station begins commercial operations in Pennsylvania

Source: Calpine Corporation

Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN ) has successfully commenced commercial operations at the newly constructed, natural gas-fired York Energy Center in Peach Bottom Township, Pennsylvania. The plant, with a capacity of 565-megawatts or enough to power more than 450,000 residential customers, was completed three months early and under its project budget. 

York is a flexible and highly efficient combined-cycle plant fitted with advanced emissions control technologies that make it among the cleanest in the eastern United States. Additionally, a combined-cycle plant consumes about 40 percent less fuel per megawatt-hour produced compared to older natural gas plants and produces less than half of the greenhouse gas emissions of the typical coal-fired power plant, making it a reliable, cost-effective, lower-carbon source of electricity. 

The plant will produce power for Constellation Energy under a six-year tolling agreement beginning June 1, 2011. Until then, Calpine will sell power generated by the plant into the PJM wholesale power market. 

“York exemplifies Calpine’s commitment to meeting its customers’ need for reliable, flexible and cost-effective power production in a sustainable manner,” said plant manager Mike Del Casale, who also managed construction of the plant. “Congratulations to the Calpine employees and contractors who safely and successfully delivered this plant ahead of schedule and under budget.”

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