Senior Director of Strategic Origination and Development
Barbara McBride is a senior Director of Strategic Origination and Development at Calpine Corporation (Calpine), which operates the largest fleet of natural gas-fired power plants in the United States and is the largest producer of electricity from geothermal resources. Ms. McBride has over 35 years of experience as an environmental professional and is responsible for permitting over 6,000 megawatts of natural gas-fired generation in the western United States. She has been working on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects for nearly two decades and is currently leading development of two pilot-scale CCUS projects at a combined heat and power facility in Pittsburg, California. She is also currently leading the development of a DOE-funded front-end engineering and design study to deploy CCUS at-scale for natural gas-fired generation and another full-scale CCUS retrofit of an existing gas-fired power plant in California. Ms. McBride has an established record of working with federal, state and local regulators to design projects that achieve the project objectives, while adhering to the strong environmental and labor standards, often in the face of significant opposition. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Carbon Capture Coalition and the California Council for Environment and Economic Balance and regularly participates in legislative and regulatory advocacy for the role that CCUS projects can play in achieving federal and state decarbonization objectives.