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March 05, 2003

First of 45 New Fuel Cell Systems Installed on Long Island

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced on February 26th that it has installed a 5-kilowatt fuel cell system at a McDonald's restaurant, the first of 45 new fuel cell systems to be installed across Long Island this year. Although LIPA will install the bulk of the Plug Power systems-25 of them-at its existing West Babylon Fuel Cell Demonstration Site, the remaining 20 systems will be installed in single- or multiple-family residences. See the LIPA press release.

Fuel cell systems are also coming to Connecticut, thanks to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF). The CCEF announced on February 26th that it has selected 24 fuel-cell proposals for potential funding. The proposals represent a total of more than two megawatts of generating capacity, and 16 of the 24 are located in the power-starved southwestern part of the state. However, the requests total nearly $26 million, and the CCEF expects to provide less than $9 million in funds. The companies and organizations that submitted the 24 proposals must now submit a second round of proposals, which the CCEF will choose among by June. See the CCEF press release.

And in Ohio, a grant of more than $800,000 will bring a fuel cell system to Westerville, located near Columbus. Governor Bob Taft awarded the grant to American Municipal Power-Ohio and the City of Westerville on February 27th as part of $6.5 million in grants for fuel cell research and development throughout the state. FuelCell Energy, Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. expect to win the Westerville contract, which will include installing a 250-kilowatt fuel cell system. See the press releases from Governor Taft and FuelCell Energy.

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