SAN JOSE, CA-The City Council voted late Tuesday night to reject Calpine Corp.’s proposal to build the 600-megawatt Metcalf Energy Center on the southern edge of the city, near Cisco System’s controversial but recently approved 688-acre Coyote Valley Research Park.

Calpine and its development partner Bechtel Enterprises Inc. have said that the $400 gas-fueled power plant – which would produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes – would help alleviate energy shortages in the ultra-wired Silicon Valley. But the council concluded the plant was incongruous with the planned light-industrial uses for Coyote Valley, which includes the aforementioned project by Cisco Systems, who was a major opponent of the Calpine project for the same reason. Cisco is the largest employer in San Jose.

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