SAN JOSE, Calif. and HOUSTON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -- Calpine Corporation (OTC
Pink Sheets: CPNLQ) today celebrated the Hidalgo Energy Center in Edinburg,
Texas, being named a Star Worksite under the Voluntary Protection Programs
(VPP) of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA). The VPP Star certification is OSHA's highest level of
recognition for outstanding efforts by an employer and its employees to
achieve a level of excellence in occupational safety and health at their
The Hidalgo Energy Center (HEC) -- a state-of-the-art, 479-megawatt
electric power generation facility that has been in operation since June 2000
-- is the first Calpine facility in Texas to obtain VPP Star Status and the
second Calpine facility nationwide to be awarded the designation. Electricity
generated from HEC is sold into the Texas power market and produces enough
electricity to power more than 450,000 area homes. The plant consists of two
combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and a steam turbine
The plant's 26 employees were joined by Calpine officials, OSHA
representatives and local dignitaries for the award presentation. The "Star"
certification came after an extensive review by an OSHA team of the plant's
safety and health programs, interviews with employees and a complete tour of
"Calpine Corporation is honored to have OSHA recognize the exemplary
safety and health programs implemented by the Hidalgo Energy Center team. It
is an example of our commitment as a company to operate safely and in highest
regard for both people and the environment," said Calpine Chief Executive
Officer Robert P. May.
"Employees should be proud of this milestone because it represents a
commitment to the highest standards of safety and health management," noted
John Giefer, OSHA area director, Corpus Christi. "Our review showed sustained
excellence in all areas of their safety and health management system."
The Hidalgo plant joins a prestigious group of about 1,600 workplaces
nationwide and 253 in Texas -- out of 7 million sites overseen by OHSA -- that
have earned VPP recognition. Statistics show that worksites receiving VPP
status have injury rates that are 50 percent below industry average.
In addition to OSHA's presentation of the VPP Star certification, Calpine
officials also announced the creation of the Ron Appleton Memorial Safety
Award, named in honor of a Calpine Safety and Health manager for his
dedication and leadership in safety. Ron recently passed away.
Appleton worked with employees at the Hidalgo plant during the rigorous
two-year VPP application process, and under his leadership Calpine's Texas
operations achieved five years without a lost-time accident, representing more
than three million work hours.
"For more than 20 years, Calpine has been providing clean, reliable power
in a safe and environmentally responsible way. We're establishing this award
in Ron's memory to reaffirm our dedication, and honor his commitment, to
operational practices that safeguard our people, our communities and the
environment," said Don Neal, vice president, environmental, health & safety.
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 more than 24,500 megawatts of clean,
cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient 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.
Additional information about the Hidalgo Energy Center and Calpine's
Texas Operations may be accessed at the links listed below.
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