Dominion, one of America’s largest energy companies, recently announced an expansion of its clean-energy portfolio by developing a major fuel cell power generating facility in Bridgeport, Conn. The new facility uses a reactive process that converts natural gas into electricity. It will be the largest of its kind in North America and will produce 14.9 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to power approximately 15,000 homes.

Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion chairman, president and CEO said: “We are now adding fuel cell technology to our energy portfolio that already includes wind, hydro, biomass and, soon, solar. This project supports Connecticut’s clean-energy goals, while producing significant economic development benefits for the state and the city of Bridgeport.”

The Bridgeport Fuel Cell facility is part of Project 150, a program sponsored by the state and supported by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to increase renewable and clean-energy projects in Connecticut by 150 MW.

CEFIA is the nation’s first full-scale clean-energy finance authority that leverages public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean-energy deployment in Connecticut. This project is supported by the city of Bridgeport, which provides a tax incentive development agreement that will be in place for the life of the project.

Bridgeport Fuel Cell has contracted with FuelCell Energy (FCE) to build, operate and maintain the facility. FCE will supply five proprietary, stationary fuel cell systems and an organic rankine turbine that will use waste heat from the fuel cells to generate the nearly 15 MW.

The project is scheduled to be operational in late 2013 and is expected to support approximately 160 jobs over its 15-year life span. Power from the fuel cell station will be sold to Connecticut Light & Power under a 15-year-fixed power purchase agreement.