Corporations with fossil-fueled power plants in California continue to report less-than-attractive profits in the second quarter this year. \t \tAlternative energy companies continue to be aggressive in state developments, although some are being cut off for financial reasons. \tHighlights of unregulated earnings for the second quarter include: AltaGas\u2014The Canadian company with interests in California power reported $35 million in net income for the second quarter 2013. Last year it was $10.4 million. \tIt bought the 507 MW Blythe Energy Center, a natural gas plant with a related transmission line, for $515 million on March 25. Calpine\u2014With geothermal and fossil plants in the state, this company posted a $70 million net loss for the second quarter of 2013. Last year at this time it reported a loss of $329 million. \tCalpine noted that it signed capacity contracts for 1,645 MW in California and the Southeast and expects to bring 900 MW of capacity on line in this state before the end of the year. \tThat, however, was stated the day before the California Public Utilities Commission decided that Calpine\u2019s combined heat and power plants only qualify for 50 percent payments (Current, July 26, 2013). \tThe 429 MW Russell City Energy Center in Hayward is expected to be finished before the end of the year. \tThe 188 MW gas-fired Los Esteros plant in Santa Clara County is being updated to a 309 MW combined-cycle plant. It is also expected to go online before the end of the year. \t \tThe fossil-fueled Sutter power plant in northern California continued without long-term contracts. Last year, state regulators required the private utilities to sign year-long resource adequacy deals for the output to keep the plant on line. Duke Energy\u2014A recidivist to the state, Duke invested in a solar plant this year after dissolving its California assets shortly after the 2000-01 energy crisis. It posted income at $339 million this quarter. Last year it was net income of $444 million. \tEarlier this year, Duke invested in a 21 MW photovoltaic plant in Twentynine Palms, which has a contract with Edison. Dynegy\u2014The company\u2019s continued losses were posted at $145 million for the quarter, up from a loss of $69 million this time last year. \tDynegy owns the 1,000 MW Morro Bay plant, the 2,529 MW Moss Landing facility, and the 165 MW plant at the Port of Oakland. It also owned the 300 MW South Bay plant, which was demolished in January. \tThe Morro Bay plant\u2019s contract with Southern California Edison was terminated a year ago. It is operating as a merchant plant in the day-ahead California Independent System Operator market, according to a spokesperson. \tDynegy continues to try to find contracts for both Morro Bay and Moss Landing, according to company executives. They expect to know the outcome of those bids sometime this summer. \tThe company is selling off its assets, but not its California facilities, which are operated by a subsidiary not under bankruptcy. It notes that it\u2019s continuing remediation of the land at the former South Bay power plant. EnerNOC\u2014Holding demand-response contracts with California investor-owned utilities, this aggregator posted a loss of $34 million. Last year in this quarter, the loss was $29 million. It signed a 200 (n)MW contract with Pacific Gas & Electric and another with Edison for 200 (n)MW last year. The company claims it can offer between 24,000-27,000 (n)MW of curtailment in peak demand times. First Solar\u2014The company posted $33.56 million in net income for the quarter. Last year at this time, it reported $110.9 million. \tIt partnered with GE to develop thin-film solar cells in a stock swap of 1.75 million shares. \tIt announced \u201cdevelopment\u201d acquisitions from Element for 1.5 GW in California, the West, and Mexico Aug. 6 for utility-scale photovoltaics. \tThe company noted that its AVSR solar plant in Imperial Valley is facing slow permitting from the county \u201crelated to materials used for our tracker technology.\u201d The 230 MW plant is \u201cnear completion,\u201d though, according to First Solar. IHI\u2014This Japanese company moved the local headquarters to Aliso Viejo last year. It owns 70 MW of power plants in California via its purchase of Constellation. U.S. earnings were unavailable. MidAmerican\u2014MidAmerican Renewables bought Topaz Solar Farms from First Solar in 2012. The 550 MW photovoltaic power plant is being built in San Luis Obispo County. It\u2019s expected to be on line in 2015, with a contract from PG&E. The company also has a half interest in the $1.8 billion Agua Caliente solar project with NRG. It also has a contract with PG&E. \tMidAmerican bought the Tehachapi-area 300 MW Alta Wind project from Highwind Power, a subsidiary of Terra-Gen. That energy is contracted to Edison. It\u2019s also part owner of the 290 MW Agua Caliente solar project in Arizona, with power contracted to Edison. The company, through CalEnergy, has been a player in the state\u2019s renewables market for years, with projects like geothermal in the Imperial Valley. \tNo related earnings information was available at press time. NextEra Energy Resources\u2014California\u2019s primary wind developer reported the quarter\u2019s earnings at $229 million, compared to $251 million at this time last year. NRG\u2014The company is posting its second quarter results after press time this week, so details are unavailable. On Aug. 2, NRG announced that it completed the repowering of its 550 MW El Segundo fossil-fueled power plant near Los Angeles. The company touts that the plant can help support intermittent renewables with a fast ramp-up and ramp-down to support the grid. The plant has a 10-year contract with Edison. \tNRG has several California solar projects, including Agua Caliente at 253 MW. The electricity is sold to PG&E. The California Valley Solar Ranch at 250 MW is partially complete. Its energy, too, goes to PG&E. Part of the 378 MW Ivanpah plant is expected to go online in fall. NRG is half owner. The 26 MW Borrego project has a contract with San Diego Gas & Electric. SunPower Corp.\u2014This San Jose-based photovoltaic company posted income of $4.2 million for the quarter. Last year at this time it was a loss of $81 million. \tTeaming up with MidAmerican, the company is working on the 579 MW Solar Star Projects, two co-located projects in Kern and Los Angeles counties. Together, the two combined projects will form the largest permitted solar photovoltaic power development in the world, according to the companies.\t Editor\u2019s note: Current attempts to present financial information on an apples-to-apples level, but not all corporations report on the same basis.