Lawmakers oppose Rhode Island power plant project

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State lawmakers who represent the town of Burrillville are opposing a plan to build a gas-fired power plant there.

Sen. Paul Fogarty and Rep. Cale Keable sent a letter to the state Energy Facility Siting Board opposing the $700 million project.

Both Democrats represent the northwest corner of the state where Chicago-based Invenergy wants to build a 900 MW power plant in the village of Pascoag.

The lawmakers say Burrillville has already done more than its share because of other energy facilities located in the town. They say they decided to speak up after hearing from many constituents.

Invenergy has said its proposed Clear River Energy Center on Wallum Lake Road will benefit the region by displacing dirtier power plants and reducing energy costs. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has supported the proposal.

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