Calpine Signs Long-Term Contract With Georgia Group of Electric Cooperatives



    
    Calpine's Santa Rosa Energy Center to Supply Southeastern Electric
    Cooperatives with Cost-Effective Electricity
    

    SAN JOSE, Calif. and HOUSTON, Jan. 22 /CNW/ -- Calpine Corporation (Pink
Sheets: CPNLQ) has signed a five and a half-year agreement with a group of
Georgia electric cooperatives comprised of Snapping Shoals Electric Membership
Corporation, Cobb Electric Membership Corporation, Diverse Power Incorporated,
Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation, Central Georgia Electric Membership
Corporation, Upson Electric Membership Corporation and Washington Electric
Membership Corporation, to sell the full output of the company's 225-megawatt
Santa Rosa Energy Center, effective July 1, 2009. Calpine had temporarily
suspended operations of the Pace, Fla.-based natural gas power plant in 2005
due to challenging market conditions in the Southeast. Calpine has fully
restored operations of the Santa Rosa facility to supply the company's
existing five-year agreement with the seven-member electric cooperative group.
    "The Georgia Cooperatives are valued customers, and we look forward to
continuing to deliver dependable and cost-effective electricity for their
growing membership," stated Calpine Chief Executive Officer Robert P. May. "It
is gratifying to know that a once under-utilized asset is providing a needed
energy resource for the cooperatives and the Southeastern power market."
    The Santa Rosa Energy Center entered operations in June 2003.  The
plant's advanced combined-cycle design allows Santa Rosa to efficiently
generate electricity, making it an economically competitive energy resource.
    "We are pleased to continue our partnership using Calpine's advanced
combined-cycle technology. This type of generation will continue to drive peak
hour energy cost downward," praised Cobb Electric Membership Corporation CEO
Dwight Brown.
    "This transaction represents a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate
Georgia's Electric Cooperative Members' commitment to energy efficient
solutions for Georgia," said Energy Consulting Group President Anis Sherali.
    Calpine Corporation is helping meet the needs of an economy that demands
more and cleaner sources of electricity. Founded in 1984, Calpine is a major
U.S. power company, capable of delivering nearly 24,000 megawatts of clean,
cost-effective and reliable electricity to customers and communities in 18
states in the U.S. The company owns, leases and operates low-carbon, natural
gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants.  Using advanced technologies,
Calpine generates electricity in a reliable and environmentally responsible
manner for the customers and communities it serves.  Please visit
http://www.calpine.com for more information.
    In addition to historical information, this release contains
forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities
Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act.  We use words such as "believe,"
"intend," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "may," "will" and similar
expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include,
among others, those concerning our expected financial performance and
strategic and operational plans, as well as all assumptions, expectations,
predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. You are cautioned that
any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance
and that a number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to
differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.
Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (i) the risks
and uncertainties associated with our Chapter 11 cases and Companies'
Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings of certain of Calpine's Canadian
affiliates, including our ability to successfully reorganize and emerge from
Chapter 11; (ii) our ability to implement our business plan; (iii) financial
results that may be volatile and may not reflect historical trends; (iv)
seasonal fluctuations of our results; (v) potential volatility in earnings
associated with fluctuations in prices for commodities such as natural gas and
power; (vi) our ability to manage liquidity needs and comply with covenants
related to our existing financing obligations and anticipated exit financing;
(vii) the direct or indirect effects on our business of our impaired credit
including increased cash collateral requirements in connection with the use of
commodity contracts; (viii) transportation of natural gas and transmission of
electricity; (ix) the expiration or termination of our power purchase
agreements and the related results on revenues; (*) risks associated with the
operation of power plants including unscheduled outages; (xi) factors that
impact the output of our geothermal resources and generation facilities,
including unusual or unexpected steam field well and pipeline maintenance and
variables associated with the waste water injection projects that supply added
water to the steam reservoir; (xii) risks associated with power project
development and construction activities; (xiii) our ability to attract, retain
and motivate key employees; (xiv) our ability to attract and retain customers
and contract counterparties; (xv) competition; (xvi) risks associated with
marketing and selling power from plants in the evolving energy markets; (xvii)
present and possible future claims, litigation and enforcement actions;
(xviii) effects of the application of laws or regulations, including changes
in laws or regulations or the interpretation thereof; and (xix) other risks
identified from time-to-time in Calpine's reports and registration statements
filed with the SEC, including, without limitation, the risk factors identified
in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and
Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  Actual results or developments may differ
materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking
statements and Calpine undertakes no obligation to update any such statements.
Unless specified otherwise, all information set forth in this release is as of
today's date and Calpine undertakes no duty to update this information. For
additional information about Calpine's chapter 11 reorganization or general
business operations, please refer to Calpine's Annual Report on Form 10-K for
the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, Calpine's Quarterly Reports on Form
10-Q, and any other recent Calpine report to the Securities and Exchange
Commission.  These filings are available by visiting the Securities and
Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov or Calpine's website at
http://www.calpine.com .




For further information:

For further information: media relations, Mel Scott, +1-713-570-4553, 
scottm@calpine.com, or investor relations, Norma Dunn, +1-713-832-8883, 
norma.dunn@calpine.com, both of Calpine Corporation Web Site:
http://www.calpine.com

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