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New York Power Authority Supports Restoration of Bronx Zoo Lion House with Fuel Cell

Paul DeMichele

June 19, 2008


BRONX—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced its support of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s “Madagascar!” exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, located inside the restored historic Lion House, with the installation of a fuel cell.

The energy-saving fuel cell will operate along with the existing on-site Bronx Zoo power facility and with the Con Edison power grid, reducing electrical demand to the Lion House by 200 kilowatts. It will also provide a high rate of thermal energy for heating.

“The Power Authority is proud to be part of this important new exhibit at the Bronx Zoo,” said Roger B. Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “The clean, virtually emission-free, power and heat generated by the fuel cell will allow the zoo to meet its growing power needs deriving from the new exhibit and offset the need for a more expensive process for bringing power to the location.”

In 2006, the Lion House received the New York City Green Building Award by the New York City Department of Environment Protection. Additionally, the structure will have the distinction of being the first landmark building in New York City anticipated to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (green certification).

To date, NYPA has installed 15 fuel cells in New York City and other locations and has recently reached an agreement to install 12 fuel cells in the redeveloped World Trade Center, making it the site of one of the largest fuel cell installations in the world.

 About NYPA:

■    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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