NYPA, State Police to Deploy Fuel
Cells in $434,000 Communications Program
December 28, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
said Thursday that it will work with the New York State Police in a
$434,000 program to deploy fuel cells that will provide backup power
at 22 public safety communications facilities.
“There is no better use for advanced energy
technologies than protecting public health and safety,” Timothy S.
Carey, NYPA’s president and chief executive officer, said. “These
fuel cell installations will keep state communications on-line when
they are often needed the most, during power outages and other
Carey noted that the new program reflects two of
Gov. George E. Pataki’s top priorities during his tenure in
Albany—enhancing the health and safety of the state’s citizens and
developing clean new energy technologies.
Among the sites to be served by the new Fuel Cells
for Emergency Communications (FC4EC) program is a New York State
Department of Transportation (DOT) communications tower in Albion.
This facility, which handles communications in Western New York, was
disabled during the October snow emergency. The fuel cell backup
power is designed to allow communications facilities to continue to
operate in the event of the loss of power from the grid.
The State Police will coordinate the program with
assistance from the Power Authority, which has installed fuel cells
at various locations throughout the state, including the New York
Police Department Central Park station in Manhattan. During the
August 2003 blackout, that fuel cell kept the police station running
by providing electricity for the facility without interruption.
“The Power Authority has undertaken more than a
dozen fuel cell projects, in various types of applications using
different fuel sources, to demonstrate reductions in air pollution
and the advantages of distributed power supply,” Carey said. “We
are pleased to play a role in this important new initiative.”
The fuel cells to be installed will be produced by
Plug Power of Latham. The GenCore® fuel cell systems, according to
Plug Power, are “high-performance solutions for the critical backup
power needs of the telecommunications, utility and industrial
uninterruptible power supply markets. The hydrogen-fueled GenCore
five-kilowatt backup fuel cell system is available in seven
configurations providing a high level of flexibility to meet diverse
customer needs. Unlike traditional technologies, which can be
unpredictable, expensive to maintain and harmful to the environment,
GenCore systems deliver up to five kilowatts of reliable backup
power over a wide range of operating environments—with zero
The 22 facilities scheduled to have fuel cell
backup power systems installed include the DOT site in Albion,
Orleans County; a New York State Police site in Rensselaer County;
seven New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sites
in Chenango, Madison, Steuben, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Washington
and Cortland Counties; a Village of Stamford site in Delaware
County; a facility operated by the State Police and DOT in Clinton
County; four facilities owned by the New York State Department of
Agriculture and Markets on the State Fair Grounds in Onondaga
County; a Town of Schodack site in Rensselaer County; four
facilities owned by Saratoga County; and two facilities owned by the
New York State Office for Technology in Albany County.
The $434,000 in funding for the program will be
provided from Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds.
Administered by the Power Authority in New York State, POCR funds
are the proceeds of court settlements relating to oil company
violations of federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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