Calpine Corporation announced it has officially begun commercial operations of two combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plants. The Russell City Energy Center and Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility in the San Francisco Bay area will produce more than 900 megawatts of energy.
The Russell City plant will produce 619 MW and the Los Esteros plant will generate 309 MW.
"We are most pleased to begin commercial operations at these two plants with proven state-of-the-art technology," said Jack Fusco, Calpine's chief executive officer. "Bringing this new capacity on-line demonstrates Calpine's continued commitment to helping meet the power needs of our customers and, importantly, to helping ensure the grid's reliability by producing flexible, natural gas-fired capacity so critical to the challenges posed by integration of intermittent renewable resources such as wind and solar."
Fusco added that he was particularly proud of the environmental benefits of the plants. The Russell City plant will be the first in the nation to voluntarily accept a permit to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The two plants together will also use as much as 6 million gallons of recycled wastewater that the company said would otherwise go into the San Francisco Bay.