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PITTSBURG, CA-Gov. Gray Davis this week christened Pittsburg’s newest power plant, the 880-megawatt Calpine Corp.-operated Delta Energy Center.

The plant is located next to the Los Medanos Energy Facility, a 550-megawatt plant that began operating last July, when speculation about California’s energy shortage led to a state-wide rush to license and build new facilities in order to make the state self-sufficient.

The Delta Energy Center is the 13th power plant to come online during the Davis’ administration and the largest plant to open in the Bay Area. The plant is located on an undeveloped 20-acre parcel near the Dow Chemical Company facility, and cost nearly $400 million to build.

The plant will be cooled by wastewater from a nearby treatment plant. Davis noted that the plant, which runs on natural gas, will produce clean energy, mitigating the state’s power needs with its environmental safety.

“There are those in Washington who think we need to roll back the Clean Air Act to allow major power plants to grow and expand,” Davis adds. “Here in California, we have proven time and time again that you can build new plants without relaxing clean air standards. This plant is a perfect example.”

Davis plans to sign a bill by Assemblywoman Carole Migden, which gives property tax revenue from large power plants back to the municipalities that sited them. Pittsburg Mayor Frank Aiello says the city would be able to receive more than $7 million in property taxes a year.

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