Moving forward in its program to develop the use of fuel cell power systems as part of its energy delivery mix, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has installed Plug Power fuel cells with combined heat and power capability at the Suffolk County William Rogers Legislative Building in Hauppauge.Hauppauge, New York – September 8, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The three 5 kW fuel cells will be interconnected to LIPA’s grid and will operate in a combined heat and power mode, providing electricity and heat on-site. Operation of this system, which will be powered by natural gas, will enable evaluation of the integration of fuel cells at the specific point of need, along with the advanced technology of providing both electricity and heat. “It is clear that the technology of fuel cells holds the key to a future of environmentally sensitive electric redundancy,” said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel. “Fuel cells are ecologically-friendly mini-power sources. LIPA believes that fuel cells will be an important component of an alternative energy mix for Long Island. Kessel said that the step taken by the Suffolk County Legislature will help to increase understanding of the issues associated with the integration of fuel cells at customer facilities, as fuel cells use can aid in ensuring complete power blackouts in Long Island are a thing of the past. With the support of Governor George Pataki, LIPA’s involvement in the development of fuel cell technology began in 2000 when it field tested six Plug Power fuel cells at locations on Long Island to gain operational experience that has supported the evolution of grid interconnected fuel cell systems. In 2001, LIPA constructed a 3-acre site at its substation in West Babylon. Seventy-five Plug Power fuel cell systems were commissioned in late 2001 and have generated in excess of 400,000-kilowatt hours of electricity. “The success of LIPA’s fuel cell demonstration site in the Suffolk County Legislative Building is due in large part to the cooperation and assistance of Legislator Jon Cooper,” said Kessel. “This unit will provide 10,000 watts of electrical power to the building’s electrical supply grid and approximately 30,000 BTUs of heat to the building’s domestic hot water heater,” said Suffolk County Executive Robert J. Gaffney. “Obviously the County is extremely pleased to be working with LIPA on this alternative energy project. This is one of several pilot projects we’re working on to reduce the demand for off-site power while providing clean efficient energy.” “Now, more than ever, we as a nation need to develop clean efficient alternatives to the petrochemical treadmill we are on,” said Legislator Jon Cooper, 18th District. “Chairman Kessel, LIPA and the people of Suffolk County have, as usual, been ahead of the curve and taken a giant step in that direction today.” Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of the Citizens Advisory Panel, the Long Island Energy Watchdog said that one lesson Long Islanders should learned from last month’s electric outage is that the electric system should be made more reliable with clean, distributed generators such as fuel cells located closer to where the electricity is needed. Roger Saillant, Plug Power President and Chief Executive Officer said that his company shares LIPA’s long-term vision tof providing clean distributed power to customers in their service territory. “This second installation of a combined heat and power fuel cell at a LIPA customer site continues to help advance this technology,” Saillant said. In addition to the Suffolk County Legislative Building, there are several other sites featuring Plug Power Fuel Cells: three at SUNY Farmingdale, three at Hofstra University, one at Babylon Town Hall, one at East Hampton Town Hall, and one at a McDonald’s retaurant in Deer Park. Funding for the fuel cell project is being provided under LIPA’s Clean Energy Initiative (CEI). The CEI is a ten-year, US$355 million program, originally proposed by Governor Pataki, designed, in part, to foster the development and application of clean energy technologies including fuel cells.