Group Disputes Need for RI Power Plant

Spectra is proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville, RI, an overburdened community. Many groups, including the FANG Collective and the Conservation Law Foundation are disputing the need for it.

"Several power plants in New England will retire in the coming years. Company officials with Chicago-based Invenergy say the region needs the Burrillville power plant to replace these old power generators and ensure the lights stay on in New England. Opponents of the project disagree.

“The Invenergy power plant is not needed in the short-term or medium-term or long-term,” said Jerry Elmer, Conservation Law Foundation's senior attorney. He's citing one witness testifying on behalf of CLF, which is participating in the review process underway with the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board. Elmer said Robert Fagan reached that conclusion after analyzing figures from the regional electricity grid operator, ISO-New England."

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