September 3, 2008

Calpine Corporation Enters into Employment and Stock Option Agreement With Thad Hill

Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) (the "Company") today announced that, in connection with the appointment of John B. (Thad) Hill as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, the Company entered into a stock option agreement (the "Stock Option Agreement") with Mr. Hill, certain key provisions of which are summarized in this press release.

Pursuant to the stock option agreement entered into in connection with his employment, Mr. Hill was granted a sign-on option (the "Option") to purchase 1,314,734 shares of common stock of the Company (the "Option"), of which (i) 1,250,000 shares are granted pursuant to the Company's 2008 Equity Incentive Plan (the "Equity Plan") and (ii) 64,734 shares are granted outside of the Equity Plan, but are generally subject to the same terms and conditions as are set forth in the Equity Plan. The Option was granted in four tranches of 262,083, 309,920, 349,705 and 393,026 shares of common stock, with such tranches having a per share exercise price of $18.00, $21.60, $24.30 and $27.00, respectively. The Option has a seven-year term and each tranche will vest ratably, subject to continued employment, on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth anniversaries of the grant date, Sept. 1, 2008, subject generally to Mr. Hill's continued employment.

About Calpine

Calpine Corporation is helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity. Founded in 1984, Calpine is a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering nearly 24,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient electricity to customers and communities in 18 states in the United States. Calpine owns, leases, and operates low-carbon, natural gas-fueled, and renewable geothermal power plants. Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates electricity in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves. Please visit for more information.

Forward-Looking Information

In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Words such as "believe,""intend,""expect,""anticipate,""plan,""may,""will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include, among others, those concerning expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans, as well as all assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. You are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that a number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (i) Calpine's ability to implement its business plan; (ii) financial results that may be volatile and may not reflect historical trends; (iii) seasonal fluctuations of results and exposure to variations in weather patterns; (iv) potential volatility in earnings associated with fluctuations in prices for commodities such as natural gas and power; (v) ability to manage liquidity needs and comply with covenants related to the Exit Credit Facility and other existing financing obligations; (vi) Calpine's ability to complete the implementation of its Plan of Reorganization and the discharge of its chapter 11 cases including successfully resolving any remaining claims; (vii) disruptions in or limitations on the transportation of natural gas and transmission of electricity; (viii) the expiration or termination of power purchase agreements and the related results on revenues; (ix) risks associated with the operation of power plants including unscheduled outages; (x) factors that impact the output of Calpine's geothermal resources and generation facilities, including unusual or unexpected steam field well and pipeline maintenance and variables associated with the waste water injection projects that supply added water to the steam reservoir; (xi) risks associated with power project development and construction activities; (xii) ability to attract, retain and motivate key employees including filling certain significant positions within Calpine's management team; (xiii) ability to attract and retain customers and counterparties; (xiv) competition; (xv) risks associated with marketing and selling power from plants in the evolving energy markets; (xvi) present and possible future claims, litigation and enforcement actions; (xvii) effects of the application of laws or regulations, including changes in laws or regulations or the interpretation thereof; and (xviii) other risks identified from time-to-time in Calpine's reports and registration statements filed with the SEC, including, without limitation, the risk factors identified in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007. Actual results or developments may differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements and Calpine undertakes no obligation to update any such statements. Unless specified otherwise, all information set forth in this release is as of today's date and Calpine undertakes no duty to update this information. For additional information about Calpine's chapter 11 reorganization or general business operations, please refer to Calpine's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, and any other recent Calpine report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available by visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at or Calpine's website at