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Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to Purchase Capacity and Power from Calpine’s Oneta Energy Center from 2014-2035


HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 5, 2012-- Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) has agreed to supply Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) with electric generation capacity and power from Calpine’s Oneta Energy Center (OEC) from June 1, 2014, through 2035. Under the contract, WFEC initially will purchase 160 megawatts of Oneta’s capacity, and that amount will increase in increments up to a maximum of 280 megawatts in 2019-2035. The purchase of this capacity gives WFEC the right to call on OEC for energy production from that capacity for an additional charge reflecting variable production costs.

The clean, modern and highly efficient Oneta Energy Center, located in Coweta, Oklahoma, is a combined-cycle power plant capable of generating up to 1,134 megawatts of electricity using natural gas produced in Oklahoma. WFEC is a power generation and transmission cooperative headquartered inAnadarko, Oklahoma. It is member owned by 23 distribution cooperatives in Oklahoma and New Mexicoand also supplies the Altus Air Force Base. Together, these cooperatives provide electricity to more than half a million people.

“This is a win-win-win transaction. For WFEC and its members, our facility provides secure, reliable and affordable long-term power supply,” said Thad Hill , Calpine’s Chief Operating Officer. “For Calpine, the level of capacity payments approaching replacement cost reflects the value of our modern and efficient fleet as the nation moves toward greater natural gas-fired generation. For Oklahoma, it means the use of power generated by Oklahomans in Oklahoma from cleaner burning natural gas produced in Oklahoma. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Western Farmers Electric Cooperative.”

The contract is conditioned on certain approvals, including securing satisfactory transmission service.

About Calpine

Calpine Corporation is the largest independent power producer in the U.S., with a fleet of 93 power generation plants representing more than 28,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Last year our plants generated more than 94 million megawatt hours of power for our wholesale customers in 20 states andCanada. Our 91 operating plants as well as two under construction consist primarily of natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our modern, clean, efficient and cost-effective fleet stands ready to respond to the increased need for cleaner and more affordable power as the economy recovers, as new environmental rules are implemented and force older, dirtier plants to retire or reduce generation, as variable renewable power generation from wind and solar grows and with it the need for flexible natural gas generation to assure firm supply to the grid, and finally, as natural gas becomes economically competitive with coal as a fuel for power generation. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead - today.

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Source: Calpine Corporation

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