California Wildfire Damages Five Calpine Geysers Power Plants

A California wildfire damaged five power plants at Calpine Corp.’s Geysers geothermal complex in Lake and Sonoma Counties.

The so-called Valley Fire burned local power distribution lines, cooling towers and communication equipment at the power plants, the Houston, Texas-based company said in a statement Monday. The company said it wasn’t aware of any damage to the main power houses at the plants.

The company has 14 power plants at the Geysers that can produce a total of about 725 megawatts. The Valley Fire has burned about 61,000 acres in Lake County, destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures and is 5 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s website.

Calpine said it expects its insurance will cover the costs to repair damaged units and revenue losses.

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