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The Associated Press September 27, 2011, 10:26AM ET

Delaware seeks comment on fuel cell plan

State officials are encouraging the public to support an effort to bring an alternative energy company to Delaware.

Bloom Energy wants to build a fuel-cell factory at the closed Chrysler plant in Newark, with the help of $16 million in state incentives. Delmarva Power, a unit of Pepco Holdings Inc., would be allowed to count electricity from the fuel cells toward its renewable energy requirements.

The decision to let Bloom's fuel cells to be counted as renewable energy even though they are powered by natural gas has angered some proponents of solar and wind power, but supporters say Bloom Energy's fuel cells are more efficient than conventional natural gas turbines.

The first of three public comment sessions was to be held Tuesday night at the Public Service Commission office in Dover.


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