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Twenty-Four Proposals Selected for Second Phase of Connecticut Clean Energy Fund’s 2002 Fuel Cell RF

Majority of Proposed Fuel Cell Installations are Located in Southwestern Connecticut

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut – February 26, 2003) – The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) has selected 24 of the 60 proposals it received in response to the first phase of its 2002 Fuel Cell Request for Proposal (RFP), a program that promotes the commercial viability and development of fuel cell power generation. The participants chosen have to submit a round two proposal by April 1, 2003, to have their projects considered for funding.

The 24 proposals represent projects with fuel cell capacity in excess of 2.0 megawatts, and involve participation of 11 fuel cell manufacturers. Sixteen of the 24 proposals outlined projects proposed for installation in towns located in the primary power constrained areas of Southwestern Connecticut.

“We are very impressed by the number of projects that incorporate the use of various renewable sources of energy, including solar, wind and biomass technology,” said Subhash Chandra, managing director and chief technology officer, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “They will demonstrate how when coupled with renewable energy sources, fuel cells can be reliable and independent, and, therefore, can avoid power failures.”

The total request for funding from the 24 proposals approaches almost $26 million. The proposals representing the Southwestern Connecticut region requested a total nearly $20 million of that amount. The actual funding allocated for the 2002 Fuel Cell RFP could potentially reach almost $9 million. In addition to the $8 million allocated from CCEF, the Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P;), administrator of the Energy Conservation and Load Management Fund (EC&LMF;), has agreed to consider proposals for a joint project that integrates fuel cell application with energy conservation and load management measures. For this joint project, EC&LMF; will make available up to $800,000.

The 2002 Fuel Cell RFP solicited two categories of projects:

Commercial Operation Projects, which consist of the installation of commercially-ready fuel cells in high value applications.

Demonstration Projects, which consist of the installation of near-commercial fuel cell units to track performance and gather data to accelerate their commercialization.

Of the 24 proposals, 11 are commercial application projects. These projects include a variety of proposed sites – from a hotel to a pharmaceutical company – and all but one are located in Southwestern Connecticut. These proposed projects, if funded, would add a significant amount of fuel cell capacity to the energy grid for Southwestern Connecticut’s electricity consumers. The fuel cell technologies represented in the 11 projects proposed include four Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC), five Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC), and two Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM).

Thirteen of the 24 proposals plan demonstration projects. They also have diverse project sites, which include a national defense establishment, telecommunications company and wood products manufacturer. The fuel cell technologies represented in the 13 projects include one Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC), six Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM), and six Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC).

Adds Chandra, “We were pleased to see that our 2002 Fuel Cell RFP attracted a number of diverse project sites, types and ideas. The potential for these forward-looking projects to develop technical breakthroughs and cost reductions in fuel cell technology is very promising.”

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund will be reviewing the round two proposals based on commercial and technical merit, as well as on support of the fund’s goals. CCEF expects to notify finalists in June 2003, when contract negotiations will begin.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, administered by Connecticut Innovations, invests in enterprises and other initiatives that promote and develop sustainable markets for energy from renewables and fuel cells that will benefit the ratepayers of Connecticut.


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