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Calpine Commends EPA's Release of Final Rule
to Reduce Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants


WASHINGTON, Dec 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN), the country's largest independent power producer, commends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the release of its final rule to establish National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for power plants, mandated under the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act passed by a bipartisan Congress. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) set national limits for toxic air emissions - including mercury, arsenic, lead and acid gases - from power plants. It is the culmination of an almost decade-long process during which the EPA weighed scientific, economic and other considerations. It is noteworthy that the final rule reflects changes from the EPA's proposed rule based on comments from the electric power industry, including grid operators charged with assuring reliability.

"Although we are still evaluating the details of the rule, we believe the EPA has finalized a reasonable rule and that the industry is well positioned to comply with the limits while maintaining the reliability of the electric system," said Jack Fusco, CEO and President of Calpine Corporation. "The evidence is compelling:

  • nearly 60% of the U.S. coal fleet already has scrubbers installed or under construction;
  • according to a recent report by the Analysis Group and Michael J. Bradley & Associates, eleven of the largest fifteen owners of coal generation in the U.S. have indicated that they are well positioned to comply;
  • the industry added more than 115 gigawatts of new natural gas generation capacity early in the last decade in a three- to four-year period, demonstrating the ability of the industry to respond swiftly when required;
  • today, the country's fleet of combined-cycle natural gas plants is being utilized by less than 50% of available capacity - this excess capacity is available to help offset the projected retirement of the oldest, dirtiest plants and help ensure reliability;
  • to address any potential reliability concerns, the rule provides that where compliance by the third year isn't possible, the state permitting authority may extend the deadline another year; in addition, the EPA has the authority to extend it for a fifth year; and
  • the grid operator for PJM - the largest independent system operator in the U.S. covering 13 states and the District of Columbia, from Illinois to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to North Carolina - expressed support for the process the EPA outlined to preserve reliability and is committed to ensure the reliability of the grid is maintained.

"In our view, the final rule reflects thoughtful engagement by the EPA with the industry and can be implemented in a cost-effective way while achieving its objective of reducing the toxics in our air," said Fusco.

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 http://www.calpine.com for more information.

Forward-Looking Information

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SOURCE: Calpine Corporation

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