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NRG Begins Operations at 720 Megawatt Marsh Landing Facility



  NRG Begins Operations at 720 Megawatt Marsh Landing Facility

– State-of-the-art natural gas facility supports renewable integration,enables
                       retirement of two older units –

Business Wire

ANTIOCH, Calif. -- May 1, 2013

Today,  NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), entered commercial operation at its
Marsh Landing Generating Station, a natural gas–fueled, peaking facility
located near Antioch, CA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The plant provides
720 megawatts (MW) of flexible electrical generation to the California grid
that can supply up to 650,000 homes. The fast-start technology employed by
Marsh Landing supports the integration of new renewable energy sources that
are expected to come online in the next decade.

“Our Marsh Landing team worked closely with a very effective construction team
from Kiewit to safely build this facility on-budget and on-time,” said John
Chillemi, Senior Vice President and Regional President, West. “Our goal was to
bring this facility online before the California summer peak arrived, and we
were able to make it happen.”

During the peak period of construction, this project created nearly 600 jobs
in the local community. Bringing the new facility online also allows NRG to
immediately retire two less-efficient, 1960s-era units at its adjacent Contra
Costa Generating Station (CCGS) that relied on once-through cooling. Replacing
the older units nets a nearly 50 MW gain in power with a fraction of the
environmental impacts. Marsh Landing’s fast-start technology will bring it to
full capacity in minutes where CCGS took hours, providing more power
faster—and with lower emissions.

During construction, the station followed  the highly respected Leadership in 
Energy and Environmental Design  (LEED) building standards, which  serve as
the U.S. Green Building Council’s national model for environmentally  friendly
construction.

The Marsh Landing station will  employ technologies to meet or exceed  the
state of California’s strict standards for emissions control and  air quality.
The turbines will operate with  ultra-low nitrogen oxides (NOx) combustors, a
selective  catalytic reduction (SCR) system will be  installed to further
reduce the NOx emissions,  and an oxidation catalyst system will be  utilized
to reduce carbon monoxide and  other organic compound emissions. Marsh
Landing's state-of-the-art air-cooling system uses a minuscule amount of water
compared to facilities relying on water-cooled systems, advancing California's
policy of reducing the use of water associated with the generation of
electricity. In fact, Marsh Landing’s maximum use of 50 acre-feet of water per
year represents a 99.99 percent decrease from CCGS’ maximum annual use.

The facility is located on a 27-acre parcel of industrial-zoned land
approximately 50 miles east of San Francisco. Through a 10-year power purchase
agreement, Pacific Gas and Electric Company will obtain the entire output of
the facility.

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We
deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the
nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel,
nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 300 company, NRG is challenging
the U.S. energy industry by becoming the largest developer of solar power,
building the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure,
and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to
better manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation
capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity
providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve more than
two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.
Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

NRG Safe Harbor Disclosure

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain
risks, uncertainties and assumptions and include NRG’s expectations regarding
the Company’s Marsh Landing facility and forward-looking statements typically
can be identified by the use of words such as “will,” “expect,” “believe,” and
similar terms. Although NRG believes that its expectations are reasonable, it
can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct,
and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among
others, general economic conditions, hazards customary in the power industry,
competition in wholesale power markets, the volatility of energy and fuel
prices, failure of customers to perform under contracts, changes in the
wholesale power markets, changes in government regulation of markets and of
environmental emissions, and our ability to achieve the expected benefits and
timing of our power generation projects. NRG undertakes no obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. The foregoing review of factors that
could cause NRG’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated
in the forward-looking statements included in this news release should be
considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties
that may affect NRG’s future results included in NRG’s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

Contact:

NRG
Media:
Jeff Holland, 760-710-3828
or
Dave Knox, 713-537-2130
or
Investors:
Chad Plotkin, 609-524-4526
or
Andy Davis, 609-524-4527
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