Russell City Energy Center
The Russell City Energy Center (RCEC) is a 429 megawatt natural gas-fired power station, currently under construction by Calpine, and located in Hayward, California. It is named for the former community of Russell City, within whose boundaries the plant is located.
In 2001, the Calpine energy corporation developed plans to build a 619 megawatt power plant, the Russell City Energy Center, at the city's former location. The plant broke ground in late 2010. The plant location borders on both the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Hayward Regional Shoreline. The plant is expected to become the fifth largest, by emissions, in the Bay Area. A Federal Appeals Court, in May 2012, denied a claim by nearby Chabot College that would have required more analysis of the potential for the release of PM25 (particulate matter under 2.5 microns in diameter) as well as other environmental concerns related to the Federal Endangered Species Act and Coastal Zone Management Act. The plant is scheduled to go online in 2013, and will generate 429 megawatts, less than originally planned. The energy will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
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