Bloom Energy has been fined $40-thousand for turning on a bank of natural gas-powered fuel cells before the state of Delaware gave it permission.
In addition the company operated the fuel cells above that which is allowed by state regulators.
The company must also pay the state around $54-hundred in recovery costs.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the first significant sanction against Bloom Energy by state official since the company was provided with hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to bring the manufacturing facility to Delaware.
The fuel cell creates an electrochemical reaction that turns natural gas into electricity.