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Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Receives 60 Fuel Cell Proposals

Twice as Many Proposals Received in Program’s Second Year

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut – February 17, 2003) – The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) has received 60 proposals in response to its 2002 Fuel Cell Request for Proposal (RFP). A total of 41 companies and 13 fuel cell manufacturers are represented within the prospective proposals. CCEF issued the 2002 RFP, following the success of the 2001 Fuel Cell RFP, which resulted in 31 proposals from 19 companies. The thrust of the CCEF fuel cell initiative is to promote clean, reliable distributed generation in Connecticut while also advancing the commercialization and acceptance of fuel cells.

“To receive twice as many proposals in the 2002 program confirms a continuance of commitment, as well as a growing interest, in the Northeast to demonstrate and commercialize fuel cells,” said Subhash Chandra, managing director and chief technology officer, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “It is also a testimony of the benefits and importance of fuel cells as an environmentally benign solution to the power supply issues in the Southwest Connecticut region.”

The project sites represent 25 different towns. Of these towns, nine are located in Southwestern Connecticut, many of which are listed as primary congestion areas. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund will be reviewing the proposals and will be selecting for funding those projects that represent the overall highest value.

The total request for funding from the proposals is approximately $80 million. The actual funding level provided for the 2002 Fuel Cell RFP could potentially reach almost $9 million. In addition to the $8 million expected to come 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 proposals received, 35 are commercial application projects, 25 are demonstration projects. The fuel cell technologies represented in the projects proposed include 11 Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC); six Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC); nine Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM); and 16 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC).

From the round one proposals, CCEF is currently choosing those participants who will be requested to submit more detailed round two proposals. The proposals are being reviewed 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.

As fuel cell initiatives are becoming a major player in the development of a cleaner environment across the country, Connecticut will continue to play a leadership role.

Adds Chandra, “We are committed to bringing the clean, reliable and environmentally friendly technology to the forefront to benefit the ratepayers of Connecticut and assist in the development of the state’s economy.”

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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