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Calpine Closes $360 Million Senior Secured Term Loan

Refinances Project Debt for Two Plants at Attractive Rate, Simplifies Capital Structure

HOUSTON, Jun 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Calpine Corp. (NYSE: CPN) announced today that it has closed on a $360 million first lien senior secured term loan ("Term Loan"). The Term Loan, which amortizes at a rate of 1% per year, bears interest at LIBOR plus 3.25% per annum (subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.25%) and matures in 2018.

Calpine utilized the proceeds of the Term Loan to retire credit agreements totaling $340.4 million belonging to its wholly owned subsidiaries Deer Park Energy Center, LLC, and Metcalf Energy Center, LLC.

"Like our previous project refinancing earlier this year, this new Term Loan simplifies our capital structure by bringing debt up to the corporate level. This flexible, investment grade-like covenant package enhances our ability to make optimal capital allocation decisions while eliminating the need for subsidiary-level reporting and unnecessary project cash traps," said Todd Thornton, Calpine's Treasurer and Vice President, Finance.

The refinanced project debt pertains to two of Calpine's highly efficient, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plants. The Deer Park Energy Center in Deer Park, Texas, commenced commercial operations in June 2003, has the capacity to generate up to 1,001 megawatts of electricity and supplies steam to Shell Chemical L.P. The Metcalf Energy Center in San Jose, California, began commercial operations in June 2005 and has the capacity to deliver up to 605 megawatts of energy.

Morgan Stanley acted as lead arranger on the transaction.

About Calpine

Founded in 1984, Calpine Corporation is a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering approximately 28,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient power from its 92 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 primarily 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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