Siting Board Suspends Rhode Island Power Plant Review

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Siting Board Suspends Rhode Island Power Plant Review

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board has suspended its review of Invenergy’s proposed gas-fired power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island.

The ruling indicates Invenergy failed to provide crucial details, including updated information on the water supply to be used for the 90-MW plant, which rendered its application incomplete.

A report by Rhode Island Public Radio indicates Janet Coit, director of the state’s Department of Environmental Management, said the board has set a deadline of mid-January to update its water plans and other details.

Previously, the Siting Board required Invenergy to explain why proceedings shouldn’t be suspended after Pascoag Utility District rescinded permission to use the proposed water supply for the $700 million plant.

Additionally, the town council of Burrillville, Rhode Island, cast a unanimous vote to oppose construction of the plant, although the Siting board always had the final say on the development. The ruling indicates Invenergy failed to provide crucial details, including updated information on the water supply to be used for the 900-MW plant, which rendered its application incomplete. 

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