Environmental, Health & Safety
Calpine believes that a strong commitment to environmentally responsible electrical generation is a key element to achieving our vision of being the premier power generation company in the United States. The company began with the purchase of a single megawatt of geothermal energy production in 1989. Today, Calpine is a leader in the industry with a portfolio of more than 27,000 megawatts of efficient, clean generation.
Calpine's initial steps toward becoming a major power company involved the acquisition of several geothermal power plants and steam fields. Today, Calpine is North America's largest producer of renewable geothermal power, an energy source that produces minimal emissions. And by injecting treated recycled water into The Geysers geothermal steam fields in Northern California, Calpine is extending the capability to generate this "green power" for many years.
Calpine believes that corporations can be financially successful while serving as leading stewards of the environment and good corporate citizens. We take our responsibility very seriously and feel that it is inextricably linked with our continued success as a major power company.
Calpine's unique portfolio consists of energy centers that are the newest and cleanest in the nation, producing low-cost, reliable electricity. The majority of our fleet consists of facilities using clean-burning, natural gas-fired turbines combined with steam turbine generators. This combined-cycle process uses state-of-the-art emissions control technology in a highly fuel-efficient manner, resulting in far less air emissions than older technology used by most U.S. power companies.
At Calpine, we manage our business with a talented, competent team of professionals who operate with a philosophy of social responsibility, environmental protection and good corporate citizenship. This philosophy is demonstrated in Calpine’s strong focus on safety and environmental values and in the use of continuous improvement processes throughout our business. Calpine also supports legislation and policies that require all power producers to be environmentally responsible by continuing to lower emissions from power generation.
Calpine is committed to protecting and preserving the environment and human health and to ensuring the safety and welfare of employees, neighbors and the communities where we operate. As a part of this commitment, we maintain strong and ongoing community engagement based on the honest exchange of information and ideas.