LIPA Issues RFP to Develop a 5 MW Fuel Cell Cogen Project

A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for the construction and operation of a fuel cell cogeneration project capable of producing 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity by two companies, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and KeySpan Corporation.

The primary objective being to increase the amount of power LIPA obtains from renewable resources. In the RFP, proposers must commit, in their respective proposals, to develop a fuel cell cogeneration project at the Designated Site rated at between 2 MW and 5 MW net electrical output and sell all products from this facility to LIPA under the terms and conditions of a PPA. The proposed project shall meet each requirements for designated site, commercial operation date, permitting, and compliance with all applicable federal, state and local permitting requirements. The proposed new fuel cell will open a new phase in improving regional air quality and would help Long Island meet the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal that has been set by New York State for the utilization of green energy technologies. “Utilizing the cogeneration capability of fuel cells for generating large amounts of electricity for distribution through LIPA’s power grid — in addition to generating economical thermal energy,” said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel, “will allow us to harness new power supply resources that are environmentally benign.” Fuel cell technology has been part of LIPA’s Clean Energy Initiative (CEI), which is a 10-year, $355-million commitment to promote clean, renewable electric generation technologies, energy conservation and efficiency.
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