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File #: LB 23-036   
Section: Legislative Business Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: City Council
Agenda Date: 9/12/2023 Final action:
Subject: Russell City Energy Center: Adopt a Resolution Approving the Expenditure Plan for the Calpine Clean Energy Fund
Attachments: 1. Attachment I Staff Report, 2. Attachment II Resolution

DATE:      September 12, 2023


TO:           Mayor and City Council


FROM:     Director of Public Works





Russell City Energy Center:  Adopt a Resolution Approving the Expenditure Plan for the Calpine Clean Energy Fund    





That Council reviews and comments on this report and adopts a resolution (Attachment II) approving an expenditure plan for the utilization of clean energy funding from Calpine. 





The Russell City Energy Center (RCEC) is a 600-megawatt powerplant located in Hayward’s industrial area. The plant is owned and operated by the Calpine Corporation and began commercial operations in 2013. As Council is aware, on May 27, 2021, RCEC experienced a mechanical failure of the steam turbine generator that resulted in an explosion and fire. The steam turbine generator experienced extensive damage and debris from the explosion flew from the site to surrounding areas, including the City’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) and the City’s Homeless Navigation Center.

The City has entered into a Coordination, Resiliency, and Action Agreement with Calpine. The intent of the Agreement is to document improvements made in the working relationship between the City and Calpine as well as create a mechanism for donations to the Fire Department for the purchase of a hazardous materials response vehicle, to the Russell City Reparative Justice Project (RCRJP), and to the City to fund clean energy efficiency projects in the City. Energy related projects are intended to support grid resiliency and may include microgrids, solar energy, and/or battery storage installations. Staff is seeking Council comments and direction regarding a potential program that would carry out the clean energy funding portion of the Agreement.



Attachment I                                           Staff Report

Attachment II                                          Resolution