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Fuel Cells for Electric Utilities Webcast 2: Reviewing Best Practices
Electric Utility-Scale Fuel Cells
March 21, 2019 | Online :: 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern



Best practices. Generation resources are procured based on best practices, such as requests for proposals (RFPs) to select winning bidders that lead to power purchase agreements (PPAs) between the electricity producer and the buyer. Best practices vary depending on the industry structure in a given state or country.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate how, with careful siting, fuel cells can displace or at least delay the need for major transmission upgrades. On Long Island, NY, for example, the installation of 40 MW of fuel cell generating capacity would allow the utility to delay roughly $78 million of transmission upgrades in the Hamptons  
  • Review the research and pilot projects that are continuing to develop new applications using the technology 
  • Evaluate the long-term future of hydrogen and fuel cells. Decarbonization of the economy and increased reliance on renewables may be achieved via the electrification of the economy, including transportation and heating 



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program  

 Must be logged on for the entirety of each webinar and complete an assessment with a 70% or higher at the adjournment of the webinar.

Instructional Methods  

Power Point presentations, case studies, and open discussion will be used.  


Thursday, March 21, 2019 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Tracking the Competitors: The Market for Utility-Scale Fuel Cells 

  • Bloom
  • Fuel Cell Energy (FCEL) 
  • Doosan 
  • Toyota, Ballard, Plug Power, and others

Understanding the Technology

  • Fuel cells and batteries are similar
  • Carbonate fuel cell (can convert hydrogen into electricity and hot water/steam). Pilot project on using CO2 emissions instead of air to produce electricity, steam/hot water and concentrated carbon emissions
  • Solid oxide fuel cell (can convert hydrogen into electricity, can convert electricity back into hydrogen, and can alternate between the two). Applications in long-term energy storage
  • Turning hydrogen and air into electricity and hot water/steam with no harmful emissions. Natural gas is usually used as a source of hydrogen, but means are needed to avoid emissions during this process
  • Tri-generation – using a fuel cell to produce electricity, steam/hot water, and hydrogen for use in vehicles or other applications

Procuring Resources: RFPs, PPAs, and Market Competition 

  • Summarize the key considerations in RFPs and PPAs  
  • RFPs are often used to procure renewables, such as solar, wind, and fuel cells 
  • Power purchase agreements can be used to procure resources over a period of 20 or so years 
  • PPAs for solar and wind are quite different from PPAs for natural gas or other baseload resources. The differences in the PPAs would be an important topic of discussion 

Reviewing Real Results: Utility-Scale Fuel Cell Case Studies  

  • Bridgeport, CT, five-unit 14.9 MW fuel cell owned by Dominion Energy 
  • South Korea. 59 MW resource comprised of 21 fuel cell units, which is the world’s largest fuel cell park 
  • Long Island Power Authority, planned fuel cell resources on three sites in Yaphank, LI, NY, which would defer the need for roughly $75 million of transmission infrastructure  
  • Connecticut DEEP resource procurement process. 60 MW of fuel cell resources have already been selected 
  • Toyota, Long Beach, CA. Tri-gen electricity, steam/hot water, and hydrogen production for fuel cell vehicles
  • Microgrid and data center applications
  • Biogas applications  


Wayne P. Olson, CFA 

Mr. Olson wrote a book entitled The A to Z of Public Utility Regulation, published by Fortnightly (Public Utilities Reports) in May 2015. This book is an introduction to the subject of public utility regulation, providing a sound first look into the public utility industry and its regulatory issues, including the restructuring of regulated industries to accommodate competition. Mr. Olson’s articles have appeared in industry journals, such as Public Utilities Fortnightly and the Electricity Journal. The subjects of Mr. Olson’s previous Electricity Journal articles include formula-based ratemaking, fuel adjustment mechanisms, the sharing of merger savings, secrecy/transparency in the regulatory process, efficient electric restructuring, branding and standards of conduct, incentive ratemaking, and the lessons of the New Institutional Economics, among others. 

Mr. Olson received an M.A. in economics and a B.S. in business administration with majors in economics and accounting from the University of North Dakota. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and passed the examinations to be a Certified Public Accountant. 

Mr. Olson is a Principal at Solutions Economics (, a consulting firm, with experience gained from over 100 projects in more than 30 countries. Before that, he was a Senior Consultant at National Economic Research Associates. Among other activities while at NERA, Wayne worked on electric restructuring issues. merger-related regulatory issues, fuel adjustment clause issues, and cost of capital and other ratemaking issues in both the United States and Canada., In addition, I co-wrote the Business Plan for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa on behalf of the South Africa Department of Minerals and Energy. 


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