Dominion readies fuel cell project in the Northeast

Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell LLC filed on May 2 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its Initial Tariff and request for waivers and blanket authority related to a fuel cell power project.

Dominion Bridgeport is developing an approximately 14.93-MW fuel cell plant to be located in Bridgeport, Conn. When completed, the Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park will consist of five FuelCell Energy Direct Fuel Cell DFC3000 generator units fueled by natural gas, an organic ranking cycle generator, and associated ancillary systems.

Dominion Bridgeport told FERC that it purchased the existing project assets from a company named Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park LLC, a subsidiary of FuelCell Energy Inc., in December 2012. FuelCell has been engaged to construct the facility, and will operate and maintain the facility on behalf of Dominion Bridgeport. The output of the facility will be sold to Connecticut Light & Power under a long-term agreement. Commercial operation of the facility is projected to begin on Dec. 13, 2013.

Dominion Bridgeport is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), a holding company under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005. Dominion Resources is also the parent company of Virginia Electric and Power. Other Dominion Resources subsidiaries include Dominion Energy Marketing (DEMI) and Dominion Retail, power marketers that have FERC-approved market-based rate schedules. DEMI and Dominion Retail do not directly own, operate or control any electric generation facilities, although DEMI manages approximately 900 MW of generation in the PJM Interconnection region.

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