Long Island Power Authority

With PPA, a fuel-cell park grows in Yaphank

By GREGORY ZELLER // A global player in fuel-cell solutions for energy issues has signed the first of three long-term power-purchase agreements under a tariff program administered by PSEG Long Island – first step toward the construction of a three-pronged Yaphank fuel-cell park. Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy Inc. has signed on to the Fuel Cell Resources Feed-In Tariff IV program, with a new, wholly owned subsidiary – Yaphank Fuel Cell Park LLC – set to install,…


Partners pump $18M into Jones Beach education center

By GREGORY ZELLER // The comprehensive revitalization of Jones Beach State Park will continue with the construction of a multimillion-dollar conservation-and-sustainability educational facility. The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Education Center will be a public resource for all seasons, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, which announced this week that a public-private partnership would pour some $18 million into the creation of the new center – part of an effort designating the state park’s western…


ULC Robotics, PSEG-LI send in the drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look, up in the sky – and you just might see a fleet of flying robots checking out PSEG Long Island’s power lines. The Uniondale-based utility has deepened its ongoing relationship with Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics, calling in ULC-operated UAVs to inspect PSEG-LI power lines and equipment. The drones are 4.5 feet wide and weigh about 25 pounds each, and while on PSEG-LI duty are operated by licensed UAV pilots and engineers…


North Carolina firm snags Shoreham solar farm

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 25-megawatt Suffolk County solar farm has a new out-of-state owner. Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of North Carolina-based electric power holding company Duke Energy, has completed its acquisition of the Shoreham Solar Commons project – officially, a 24.9-MW facility located in the Town of Brookhaven, on the site of the former Tallgrass Golf Course. Duke Energy Renewables acquired the farm – which as of July 1 began providing power to…