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Power Player

University Business, September 2012

There were no ribbon cuttings to mark the opening of the largest fuel cell operating on any Northeast college campus. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller instead used a pair of wire cutters to snip a large power supply cord during a recent “power cutting” ceremony to recognize installation of the 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant. The $9 million project to build, finance, and station the plant—which uses natural gas to generate ultra-clean electricity via an electrochemical reaction producing virtually zero pollutants—was funded through a collaboration between federal, state, and private partners. It will save CCSU more than $100,000 annually in power costs while reducing the university’s carbon footprint. President Miller was one of the early signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.