Russell City Energy Center

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The Russell City Energy Center (RCEC) is a 619-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 Russell City and is built on that community's former landfill site.


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 borders the City of Hayward Waste Water Pollution Control Facility and property owned by East Bay Discharge Authority near the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Hayward Regional Shoreline. The Russell City Energy Center is the nation’s first power plant to receive a federal air permit that includes a voluntary limit on greenhouse gas emissions.[2] A Federal Appeals Court, in May 2012, denied an environmental claim by nearby Chabot College.[3] [4] The plant went online in August 2013, and its full output of electricity is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric Company under a 10-year contract.[2][5] Calpine Corporation owns 75% of the plant's peak dispatchable capacity, or 464 megawatts, and GE Energy Financial Services owns the balance.[3]

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  1. ^ Russell City Energy Center Amendment Proceeding. Retrieved on December 25, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Russell City Energy Center". Russell City Energy Center. Calpine Corporation. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "UPDATE 1-NRG, Calpine adding natgas-fired plants in California | Reuters". 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. ^ Two New Calpine Power Plants Begin Commercial Operations in California

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