25 August 2004 – Danbury, Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. has donated emissions credits equivalent to 1,700 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) reductions and 4,800 pounds of sulfur oxides (SOx) and other emissions reductions that resulted from 1,170 mWh of power generated at the company’s Danbury and Torrington locations. The donation offsets emissions associated with the Energy 2004 Workshop and Exposition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and US General Services Administration.
The event, which drew 1300 attendees, was held August 8-11 in Rochester, New York. Emissions associated with the conference include pollution from direct energy use during the event as well as indirect pollution related to such items as airline travel for the attendees.
Emissions reductions, or offsets, are created from actions such as utilizing fuel cells, installing more advanced pollution control technology, switching to cleaner fuels, improving energy efficiency, and increasing renewable energy use. Emissions trading occurs when an entity takes an emissions reducing action and then transfers ownership of the emission reduction to another party. Alternatively, organizations can offset the pollution caused by their energy use by buying and retiring the emission reduction credits created by someone else. It is expected that emissions trading programs will foster the development of cleaner power generation technologies such as fuel cells.
“The use of emissions credits from the operation of our ultra-clean DFC power plants is another example of how fuel cell power plants are ready today to help our environment and provide economic benefits to users of such a clean energy technology,” said Herb Nock, senior vice president of marketing and sales for FuelCell Energy. “The ability to trade emissions credits from an investment in ultra-clean technology can provide a powerful incentive to site fuel cell power plants as a means for utilities or energy using entities to comply with air quality standards.”