LA Orders Two FuelCell Energy Power Plants

December 07, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP, Los Angeles, CA) and FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, CT) have negotiated a contract for two additional environmentally-responsible fuel cell power plants to be installed in the Los Angeles area by DWP for $2.45 million.

On 1 December, 2000, the Los Angeles City Council authorized the signing of this contract. The first 250kW Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant is to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2001 and the second in the first quarter of 2002. A previously-ordered 250kW fuel cell power plant, announced last year, is to be installed at the DWP headquarters in the second quarter of 2001.

DWP will fund the new project under its Public Benefits Program authorized by California's utility deregulation act of 1996. DWP will install these units to further demonstrate their ease of siting and the operational benefits of distributed power.

Jerry Leitman, president and CEO of FuelCell Energy, commented, “We are pleased to join DWP in their efforts to bring efficient, reliable and environmentally-responsible energy to their customers. The DFC power plants can be easily sited in urban areas because they are quiet and operate without producing measurable nitrogen or sulfur emissions."