Connecticut PUC increases fuel cell plans

The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) has issued a revised draft decision approving 27.3 MW of fuel cell projects, increasing the number of developments.

FuelCell Energy, Inc’s Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plants will be used at a 3.4 MW DFC-ERG plant for a natural gas letdown station in Bloomfield, and a 3.2 MW Direct FuelCell/Turbine (DFC/T) for a substation in Danbury. In the revised draft, the DPUC approved three additional projects, a 14.3 MW in Bridgeport, a 3.2 MW DFC-ERG power plant in Trumbull, and a 3.2 MW DFC-ERG in Glastonbury.

For FuelCell Energy, the sales value of the projects is approximately $84 million if all the projects are accepted. The final decision is scheduled for 1 April, 2009.

‘These projects incorporate a total of nine 2.8 MW DFC3000 power plants, including four of our highest efficiency products – three DFC-ERG units and a DFC/T – that achieve approximately 60% electrical efficiency,’ said R. Daniel Brdar, chairman and CEO of FuelCell Energy.

These five projects come under Round 3 of Project 150, which required Connecticut utilities purchase Energy Purchase Agreements for 150 MW of clean power by 1 October 2008.

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