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Calpine's Morgan Energy Center Receives State and Industry Awards for Excellence in Workplace Safety and Operations & Maintenance


HOUSTON & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 19, 2008--Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) announced today that its Morgan Energy Center, located in Decatur, Ala., has received the state's highest recognition for workplace safety. The plant also received two prestigious Best Practices industry awards for excellence in Safety as well as Operations & Maintenance.

On Feb. 29, the Morgan plant received the State of Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Award of Superior Achievement for Workplace Safety. The award recognizes the plant for incurring no lost-time accidents for the past 24 or more consecutive months. In fact, employees at Morgan have now worked injury-free since before the plant entered commercial operation in 2003. Morgan is also recognized as a Star Facility under the Voluntary Protection Program administered by the U.S. Occupation Safety and Health Administration, OSHA's highest workplace safety designation.

On March 17, Combined Cycle Journal magazine announced that the Morgan Energy Center won two awards at the Combustion Turbine Operations Task Force's Turbine Users Forum in Savannah, Ga., including Best Practices awards for excellence in the categories of Operations & Maintenance and Safety. Best Practices represent reliable methods and procedures that enable plants to increase efficiency and availability and to decrease environmental impact and the cost of electricity production on a predictable and repeatable basis.

According to Mike Rogers, Calpine's Senior Vice President and President of Power Operations, "The Morgan Energy Center continues to exemplify Calpine's ongoing commitment to the highest standards of operational excellence. I congratulate the Morgan team for the well-deserved distinctions they have received from the state of Alabama and their industry peers."

The 800-megawatt plant produces both steam and electricity and is known as a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility. The simultaneous production of power and steam uses less energy than would be required by two stand alone units, resulting in 60 percent greater overall fuel efficiency. This also significantly reduces the plant's environmental footprint through the reduction in related air emissions.

Calpine is the largest owner and operator of CHP facilities in the U.S., with nearly 8,000 megawatts of CHP capacity in operation, representing approximately 33 percent of its nation-wide fleet of power generation facilities.

About Calpine

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 U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering approximately 24,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable, and fuel-efficient electricity to customers and communities in 18 states in the United States. Calpine owns, leases, and operates low-carbon, natural gas-fired, and renewable geothermal power plants. Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates electricity in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves. Please visit http://www.calpine.com for more information.

Forward Looking Statement

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SOURCE: Calpine Corporation