Calpine Employee Cycling Team Emphasizes Safety with Bike Donations

  Calpine Employee Cycling Team Emphasizes Safety with Bike Donations

110 Underprivileged Children Receive Safety Training, Helmets and a Cool Ride

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- December 15, 2012

At two holiday events hosted today by Calpine Corporation’s (NYSE:CPN) MS 150
cycling team and fellow employee volunteers, 110 underprivileged children
served by five local organizations learned how to be safe while riding brand
new bicycles.

Sixty bikes and helmets went to 30 boys and 30 girls ages 8-10 served by four
Houston-area Boys and Girls Clubs:

  *The John and Cissy Havard Boys and Girls Club on Airline Drive
  *The Jim and Barbara Morefield Boys and Girls Club on Selinsky Street
  *The NFL YET at James Driver Park Boys and Girls Club on Bentley Street
  *The Holthouse Boys and Girls Club on Canal Street

Another 50 bikes and helmets went to boys ages 10-12 who play with the Lindale
Little League. The league plays at Moody Park, which Calpine has adopted as
part of its Community Leaders program partnership with the Houston Astros and
the City of Houston. Over the next five years, Calpine will sponsor the
redevelopment of the youth softball and baseball fields at Moody Park.
Employees will have the opportunity to volunteer as coaches or mentors and to
provide wellness and educational programs for the park’s patrons. Employees
will work alongside wounded veterans, who will be hired by the Astros to serve
as field managers.

“Our employees found this project very exciting because it combined three
things we are passionate about – safety, wellness and community service. The
Calpine MS-150 team members and their co-workers donated the funds to purchase
the bikes and helmets, and they volunteered for an entire day to assemble all
110 bikes,” said Thad Hill, Calpine’s Chief Operating Officer and a national
trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are thankful to all of our
partners in this project for their great work year round to help children in
our community, and to the DPS for providing hands-on safety training for these
youngsters.”

“I and my fellow directors from the other Houston-area Boys and Girls Clubs
selected children who make good grades, have great attendance records in the
Club programs they participate in and are good role models for their peers,”
said Carlos Lozano, Director of the Havard Club. “This generous donation from
Calpine employees will help brighten their holidays and help them learn that
they can reap rewards form hard work and dedication.”

“With this project, Calpine is demonstrating how the Astros Community Partners
program goes above and beyond refurbishing youth baseball and softball
fields,” said Matt Brand, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships with the
Astros. “Calpine employees are engaging in a personal and meaningful
opportunity to help the children who will be playing ball on the refurbished
fields at Moody Park.”

About Calpine

Calpine Corporation is the largest independent power producer in the U.S.,
with a fleet of 94 power generation plants representing nearly 29,000
megawatts of generation capacity. Last year our plants generated more than 94
million megawatt hours of power for our wholesale customers in 20 states and
Canada. Our 92 operating plants as well as two under construction consist
primarily of natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use
advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally
responsible manner. Our modern, clean, efficient and cost-effective fleet
stands ready to respond to the increased need for cleaner and more affordable
power as the economy recovers, as new environmental rules are implemented and
force older, dirtier plants to retire or reduce generation, as variable
renewable power generation from wind and solar grows and with it the need for
flexible natural gas generation to assure firm supply to the grid, and
finally, as natural gas becomes economically competitive with coal as a fuel
for power generation. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why
Calpine is a generation ahead – today.

Contact:

Calpine Corporation
Media Relations:
Norma F. Dunn, 713-830-8883
norma.dunn@calpine.com
or
Investor Relations:
Bryan Kimzey, 713-830-8775
bryan.kimzey@calpine.com
 
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