Russell City Energy Center

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The Russell City Energy Center (RCEC) is a 429 megawatt natural gas-fired power station, which began operating in August 2013. It is operated by Calpine, and is located in Hayward, California.[1] 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 be the fifth largest, by emissions, in the Bay Area.[2][3] 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 PM2.5 (particulate matter under 2.5 µm in diameter) as well as other environmental concerns related to the Federal Endangered Species Act and Coastal Zone Management Act.[4] The plant went online in August 2013, and will generate 429 megawatts, less than originally planned. The energy will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric Company.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Russell City Energy Center Amendment Proceeding. Retrieved on December 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Russell City Energy Center Amendment Proceeding - Docket # 01-AFC-7C". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  4. ^ Eric KurhiHayward Daily Review (2012-05-05). "Federal appeals court denies Chabot challenge to power plant - San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  5. ^ "UPDATE 1-NRG, Calpine adding natgas-fired plants in California | Reuters". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  6. ^ Two New Calpine Power Plants Begin Commercial Operations in California

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