Breitbart News is reporting that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has renewed the licenses for two new Flint Energy power plants to operate as fuelcell energy storage.
The two new plants will be the first in Michigan to be operated by a fuelcell company.
The company’s new licenses are worth $2.4 million, which is about 25% of the total costs for the plants.
The new licenses were approved by DEQ Commissioner Chris LaCivita, and DEQ Director James H. Jones said, “The new licenses help to provide stability for Flint’s power supply while maintaining the safety and reliability of our state’s energy supply.”
The two Flint Energy plants are the largest and second largest in the country, and are among the first two in the United States to have been retrofitted to use fuelcell technology.
The companies have already completed testing of their fuelcell systems, which have shown that they can meet the standards of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), the federal law governing the energy industry.
The fuelcell licenses are valued at $4.7 million, $2 million of which was set aside by DEI and $1.8 million by DEE.
The Department of Energy said the licenses were granted as part of the state’s EIA program, and that the project has been completed.
The licenses allow the plants to produce 50 megawatts of energy, enough to power a quarter-million homes, while also reducing the use of coal, natural gas, and petroleum.
The DEQ said the permits will allow the Flint Power Company to continue to use natural gas and coal for power, as well as to use oil and natural gas from the Flint River as part, or in part, of its supply.
The plants are expected to be operational in the second half of 2019.
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the licenses had been granted in late December.
The article has been updated to clarify that the license for the new fuelcell plants has been granted, and the permits for the old two fuelcell power plants have been set aside.