Wildfire Recovery On Track at Geysers Geothermal Plant, Calpine Says

Recovery at the Geysers geothermal power plant from last September’s wildfires in central California is “on track,” Thad Hill, president and CEO of Calpine Corp., said during an April 29 earnings conference all.

A wildfire, called the Valley Fire, over the weekend of September 10 spread to the Geysers facility in Lake and Sonoma Counties, Calif., affecting five of the company’s 14 power plants.

Hill said that ouput of the facility is already back above 80 percent, with full load expected by late summer or early fall. He added that Calpine expects that for the full year, Geysers will have a total operating output that is about 15 percent below normal.

“There shouldn’t be any financial impact, given our insurance deductibles were all met and we’re fully recovered,” Hill said. According to Calpine, the insurance deductibles were about $36 million.

After initially reopening the plant at the end of September 2015, Calpine said the facility was generating about 540 MW of the 725 MW total plant capacity.

Earnings Report

Calpine on April 29 reported a 1Q16 net loss of $198 million, or 56 cents per share, compared to $10 million, or 3 cents per share, in 1Q15. The company said the increase in net loss was primarily due to net non-cash market-to-market losses driven by decreases in forward power and natural gas prices during 1Q16.

For 1Q16, Calpine reported adjusted EBITDA of $374 million, compared to $338 million in the prior year period, and adjusted free cash flow of $102 million, or 29 cents per share, compared to $25 million, or 7 cents per share, in 1Q15.

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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