Calpine Supports Proposed EPA Clean Power Plan
Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), one of the nation's largest producers of electricity with 93 power plants in 20 states and Canada, has long been an industry leader, voluntarily and consistently investing in modern, efficient, flexible generation technology to provide reliable, affordable electricity in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. Consistent with this investment philosophy, we support policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with power generation through flexible, market-based, technology-neutral rules that encourage a transition to efficient, less carbon-intensive generation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, a proposal to reduce GHG emissions from power plants that encourages flexible, market-based and technology-neutral solutions to meet the standard. The rule recognizes the differences in fuel mix for generation resources among the various states and regions and gives each state the ability to adopt its own compliance plan over a reasonable time period. It also would allow states to facilitate compliance by joining existing or forming new regional market-based GHG emissions reduction programs, enabling the states to determine how to most effectively manage the implementation and impact of the rule.
'Calpine supports the EPA's proposal because we believe it will ensure continued progress toward cleaner energy in a way that supports ongoing grid reliability while allowing market forces to work to deliver the lowest-cost solution for reducing GHG emissions,' said Thad Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Calpine. 'With our modern, flexible, efficient fleet, Calpine is ready to meet this challenge head on.'
Calpine's fleet, which consists primarily of natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generation units, is well poised to help achieve the EPA's innovative proposal. The national average utilization of combined-cycle generation units is approximately only 40%. By simply increasing the utilization of these existing facilities sooner rather than later, meaningful GHG emissions reductions may be achieved without sacrificing grid reliability.
Calpine, as an early mover in the transition to cleaner, reliable generation resources, looks forward to continuing to work with the EPA, states and other stakeholders to ensure that the regulations achieve meaningful, cost-effective reductions while assuring electric grid reliability.
Calpine Corporation generates more electricity than any other independent power producer in America, with a fleet of 93 power plants in operation or under construction, representing more than 29,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Serving customers in 20 states and Canada, we specialize in developing, constructing, owning and operating natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet is uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular trends affecting our industry, including the abundant and affordable supply of clean natural gas, stricter environmental regulation, aging power generation infrastructure and the increasing need for dispatchable power plants to successfully integrate intermittent renewables into the grid. We focus on competitive wholesale power markets and advocate for market-driven solutions that result in nondiscriminatory forward price signals for investors. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead - today.
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