Connecticut Is One Nation's Top States for Fuel Cells, New Report Says
The federal agency's 82-page report, "State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2014" was released earlier this month. Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement that the state's ranking in the latest edition of the report, as well as the previous four editions of the publication, "demonstrates that our work to deliver cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy sources for Connecticut residents and businesses is paying off.”
"The U.S. fuel cell industry employs thousands of residents and generates millions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue," Malloy said. "That is why we have implemented the policies necessary to drive the use of fuel cells and ensure there is no better place for the renewable energy sector to continue to grow and create jobs than right here in Connecticut."
Among the major fuel cell advances in Connecticut that the report cites are:
- The 2013 launch on the nation's largest fuel cell power station, 14.9 megawatts, which was installed by Danbury-based FuelCell Energy, and is operated by energy producer and transporter, Dominion Energy.
- Two fuel cells that The United Illuminating Co. is installing in 2015 in Bridgeport and New Haven that will produce 5.6 megawatts od power between them.
- Plans by South Korea's Doosan Co., which bought the assets of bankrupt ClearEdge Power, to hire 150 employees by the end of 2015 for the headquarters of its American fuel cell business.
Connecticut companies are estimated to have generated close to $600 million in revenue and investment annually.