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Work begins on Bridgeport fuel cell power station

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Virginia-based energy company Dominion is breaking ground on a fuel cell power station in Bridgeport.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and U.S. Rep Jim Himes are scheduled to join company executives at a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Friday.

Dominion expects the power station will generate enough electricity to power approximately 15,000 homes. It will sell the electricity to Connecticut Light & Power under a 15-year agreement. The facility will use an electro-chemical process to convert natural gas into electricity.

The facility is part of "Project 150," a program sponsored by the state to increase renewable and clean energy projects in Connecticut by 150 megawatts.

FuelCell Energy Inc. will build, operate and maintain the facility. The project is scheduled to be completed and operational by late 2013.

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