As anticipated by state regulators, Calpine hopes to sell its unfinished Otay Mesa power plant to San Diego Gas & Electric. A February 17 \u201cnonbinding letter of intent\u201d declares that the action is being contemplated and is subject to negotiations. \u201cIt appears it will now go forward as a utility power plant,\u201d said John Bohn, California Public Utilities Commissioner. SDG&E spokesperson Ed Van Herik declined to provide specifics. Some outside the utility, including potential opponents, were briefed on the concept. \u201cI\u2019ve been involved in the negotiations, so I\u2019m constrained by a confidentiality agreement,\u201d said Utility Consumers\u2019 Action Network executive director Michael Shames. Van Herik would not comment on whether the utility has been using community and consumer groups as a sounding board for the political viability of a buyout. Last week, CPUC member Geoffrey Brown worried that regulators\u2019 approval of the SDG&E-Calpine agreement could cause the plant to be used as a \u201cbargaining chip\u201d in sale negotiations (Circuit, Feb. 20, 2006). A deal would have to be approved by the CPUC and the bankruptcy court with jurisdiction over Calpine.