Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, along with federal, state, county and City of Dover officials and other dignitaries, on Oct. 1 joined Calpine Corp.(NYSE: CPN) Executive Chairman Jack Fusco and Chief Executive Officer Thad Hill in dedicating the Garrison Energy Center, a 309-MW combined-cycle power plant at the Garrison Oak Technology Park in Dover, Delaware.
“Today’s celebration is a credit to the innovation and ingenuity demonstrated by Calpine’s team, which continues to be a national leader in transitioning to cleaner and more efficient energy resources,” Markell said. “This facility also affirms our state’s guiding principle that what’s good for our environment is also good for our economy.”
“As public policy increasingly recognizes the importance of investment in environmentally responsible technology, flexible and efficient turbines utilizing clean, domestic natural gas will fill an even more significant role in supporting the nation’s power grid. Calpine is proud to bring the state-of-the-art Garrison Energy Center online to help Delaware achieve the emission reductions targets set in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced Clean Power Plan,” said Hill. “In addition, Garrison will also be equipped with dual-fuel capability to help ensure power reliability for the Delmarva Peninsula in the event of extreme weather.”
A $2.5 million grant from Delaware’s New Jobs Infrastructure Fund helped fund the construction of a six-mile natural gas pipeline extension to the park to serve the power plant and improve the availability of natural gas for other businesses and consumers in the region.
Not mentioned in the Oct. 1 announcement is the fact that Calpine is working on needed approvals for a second 309-MW, combined-cycle phase at Garrison.
Calpine is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Its fleet of 83 power plants in operation or under construction represents nearly 27,000 MW capacity.