Calpine Corporation, an independent power producer, recently announced plans to build, own and operate a 600-megawatt electric generating facility to be located in southwestern Riverside County, CA. The proposed Inland Empire Energy Center will feed directly into Southern California Edison’s power grid and is intended to serve the rapidly growing counties of Riverside and San Bernardino.
Construction of the $325 million facility, which will require as many as 300 workers, is scheduled to begin in mid-2002, with commercial operation targeted for late 2004.
The Inland Empire Energy Center is Calpine’s tenth announced major power project being developed specifically for the California market. Already, Calpine has three California projects under construction, with the Sutter and Los Medanos Energy Centers scheduled to begin operation this month.