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New Power Plant Comes to Dover

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DOVER, Del - A gas-fired power plant is coming to Dover.

It's something Dover city leaders, like City Council President David Bonar, say will boost the area's dominance in the energy market.  

"This Calpine project is a big deal," Bonar said.

It's a big deal because the project will be giving back to the community. 

"Calpine's investment will close to $300 million. Just as important is every year in taxes and leases and water fees, our estimates are about $2.3 million back to municipalities," said Jack Fusco, CEO of Calpine.

The new construction project will bring hundreds of jobs, clean energy and reduce customer bills. The 309 megawatt natural gas-powered facility will be built off of White Oak Road.

Gov. Jack Markell said the plant is critical for Delaware. "Ninety-percent of the dirty air we breath comes from other states," said Markell. He also says emissions declined  over the past four years and that Delaware is making progress becoming a more energy-efficient state.

"We want to clean up existing plants, we want to build new low emissions plants - both natural gas and renewables - and we want to invest in renewable energy. Doing so is going to ensure cleaner and more affordable and more reliable energy," said Markell.

The Garrison Energy Center will employ about 250 people during peak construction season. The company will have 16 full time personnel.

Leaders say customers will see about a $2 decrease in their electricity bills when it is built, but that amount is expected to increase over time.

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