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Calpine Completes Sale of Colorado Plants to Xcel Energy

12/06/2010
Transaction Involves Two Energy Centers, 931 MW of Generation Capacity

HOUSTON, Dec 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) today completed the sale of its two Colorado power plants to Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an Xcel Energy Company (NYSE:XEL), for $739 million, or $794 per kilowatt, plus adjustments.

Xcel Energy acquired the 621-megawatt Rocky Mountain Energy Center, an efficient combined-cycle plant near Hudson, Colo., that began commercial operation in 2004, as well as the 310-megawatt, simple-cycle Blue Spruce Energy Center in Aurora, Colo., which began operation in 2003.

Calpine and Xcel Energy announced the planned transaction in April following an offer by Calpine into a competitive bid process that was part of Xcel Energy's 2007 Colorado Resource Plan. Calpine offered the least-cost option among many bids for the needed generating resources.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved Xcel Energy's purchase of the two plants on October 18.

About Calpine

Founded in 1984, Calpine Corporation is a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering approximately 27,500 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient power from its 91 operating plants to customers and communities in 20 U.S. states and Canada. Calpine Corporation is committed to helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity. Calpine owns, leases and operates low-carbon, natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants. Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates power in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves. Please visit our website at www.calpine.com for more information.

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SOURCE: Calpine Corporation

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