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DEEP approves fuel cells for use in renewable energy projects

Over 250 megawatts of clean and renewable energy projects have been announced by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  Some of the projects were awarded to Danbury-based FuelCell Energy.  The projects were included in the state's first procurement of offshore wind and fuel cells. 
FuelCell Energy will be installing projects in Hartford and Derby while Bloom and Doosan will install projects in New Britain and Colchester.  The Hartford, Derby and Colchester projects will be located in urban areas near load centers or brownfield and other commercial property.  They will create or retain more than 200 jobs. 
200 megawatts of offshore wind from the Revolution Wind Project will be incremental to the 400 megawatts from the same project selected by Rhode Island.  This summer and fall, DEEP will be soliciting another round of clean energy projects.
FuelCell President and CEO Chip Bottone says their technology is one of the most space-efficient, resilient clean energy technologies qualified under Connecticut Class 1 Renewable Portfolio Standard.  He added that the projects will provide local tax revenue, high tech manufacturing jobs, economic development benefits, and clean energy resources consistent with the goals of Connecticut’s renewable portfolio.
Selected projects will now enter negotiations with the electric distribution utilities, Eversource and United Illuminating, to reach agreement on 20 year contracts. If successful, the contracts will be brought to PURA for final approval.

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