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A new fuel cell demonstration project at Moody Gardens' nature and education complex in Galveston will reduce electricity needs from the local power grid, cutting annual emissions of nitrogen oxides by nearly 16 tons, which equates to removing about 750 cars from the roadways. This clean, renewable energy project is part of EPA's bold new initiative to improve air quality, the Blue Skyways Collaborative.

"Green energy innovations will mean more blue skies throughout this region," EPA Regional Administrator Richard Greene said. "From Houston to America's Heartland, we'll see more green power success stories like Moody Gardens as our new public-private partnership, the Blue Skyways Collaborative, creates cleaner air and healthier communities."

Moody Gardens' is a public, non-profit educational destination using nature to advance rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research. The fuel cell at Moody Gardens, while giving local students a unique opportunity to learn about fuel cells and alternative energy sources, also is a quiet, reliable and virtually pollution-free two hundred kW power source designed to run twenty years, with proper maintenance.

Chevron Phillips Chemical undertook the approximately 1.2 million dollar project at Moody Gardens to settle an EPA Clean Air Act enforcement action. The demonstration project allows further study of fuel cell technology and its practical applications in alternative energy efforts. The project was considered so important to achieving environmental objectives that the EPA enforcement team working on the Chevron Phillips project was awarded a Gold Medal for Exceptional Service.

   
   
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