Wind, fuel cell power backed by state

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - KICKOFF - By Bill Cum­mings bcum­mings@ct­post.com

DAN­BURY — The state has se­lected a city fuel cell com­pany and a ma­jor off­shore wind farm de­vel­oper to help bring more than 250 megawatts of clean elec­tric­ity to Con­necti­cut con­sumers.

Gov. Dan­nel P. Mal­loy and other of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day in Hartford that FuelCell En­ergy of Dan­bury and Deep­wa­ter Wind were se­lected from among 27 bid­ders vy­ing to pro­vide re­new­able power un­der a re­quest for clean en­ergy.

FuelCell En­ergy was se­lected to sup­ply 14.8 megawatts of power from a fa­cil­ity in Derby and 7.4 megawatts in Hartford. The com­pany makes power gen­er­a­tion equip­ment.

State of­fi­cials also se­lected fuel cell projects based in Colch­ester and New Bri­tain, bring­ing the to­tal to 52 megawatts.

Deep­wa­ter Wind will pro­vide 200 megawatts from its Rev­o­lu­tion Wind project, a 25-tur­bine wind farm to be built in fed­eral wa­ter near Martha’s Vine­yard. Con­struc­tion of the wind farm is slated to be­gin in 2021 and power is to be de­liv­ered by 2023.

“We have an obli­ga­tion to our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren to in­vest in en­ergy projects that re­duce the im­pacts of harm­ful emis­sions,” Mal­loy said.

“That’s why Con­necti­cut is mak­ing in­vest­ments in the tech­nolo­gies of the fu­ture, not of the past,” Mal­loy said. “These projects will re­sult in thou­sands of new Con­necti­cut jobs, help­ing to grow our econ­omy, while do­ing so in a clean and sus­tain­able way.”

The price of the elec­tric­ity has not been de­ter­mined and the se­lected com­pa­nies will en­ter into ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ever­source and United Il­lu­mi­nat­ing for 20-year con­tracts.

The Deep­wa­ter se­lec­tion marks the state’s first pro­cure­ment of power from an off­shore wind farm. The com­pany built the na­tion’s first off­shore wind farm near Block Is­land, R.I.

“Our Rev­o­lu­tion Wind project will bring hun­dreds of new jobs to Con­necti­cut and de­liver af­ford­able, home­grown en­ergy to ratepay­ers,” said Jeffery Gry­bowski, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for Deep­wa­ter Wind.

The state has com­mit­ted spend­ing $15 mil­lion to up­grade the New Lon­don State Pier to ac­com­mo­date con­struc­tion of the Deep­wa­ter project, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing an area to stage and man­u­fac­ture com­po­nents. The up­dated pier will also be used for ship­ments to the off­shore con­struc­tion site.

The fuel cell project will also create jobs and bring

“We have an obli­ga­tion to our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren to in­vest in en­ergy projects that re­duce the im­pacts of harm­ful emis­sions.”

— Gov. Dan­nel Mal­loy

eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to the host com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are pleased that DEEP has de­cided to award these projects,” said Chip Bot­tone, pres­i­dent of FuelCell En­ergy.

“Fuel cells are one of the most space-ef­fi­cient, re­silient clean en­ergy tech­nolo­gies,” Bot­tone said. “These projects will pro­vide lo­cal tax rev­enue, high tech man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ben­e­fits and clean en­ergy re­sources.”

A pro­posal to pro­vide 1.6 megawatts of Anaer­o­bic Di­ges­tion power in Southing­ton was also se­lected. The process con­verts plant ma­te­ri­als into meth­ane gas for heat­ing and power.

Michael Dwyer / As­so­ci­ated Press

Three of Deep­wa­ter Wind’s five tur­bines stand in the wa­ter off Block Is­land, R.I., the na­tion’s first off­shore wind farm.

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