Rhode Island board plans March 31 hearing on 1,000-MW Invenergy project

The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board said in a Feb. 5 notice that it will conduct a public hearing on March 31 in the Burrillville High School Cafeteria on an October 2015 application from Invenergy Thermal Development LLC for approval to site and construct the Clear River Energy Center.

This would be a combined-cycle facility of approximately 850 MW to 1,000 MW in capacity. The project site is on Wallum Lake Road in Burrillville. The plant is intended to fire natural gas as a primary fuel and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel as a backup fuel.

State law says the board needs to have at least one public hearing in each town or city affected prior to holding its own hearings and prior to taking final action on the application. The board may hold additional hearings for the purpose of accepting public comment before making a final decision on the application.

The facility will be configured as a two-unit one-on-one (1×1), combined-cycle station. Each unit will consist of an advanced class combustion turbine operated in a combined-cycle configuration with a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), a steam turbine and an air cooled condenser (ACC) for each train. The combustion turbine, steam turbine, and generator of each unit will be connected via a common shaft (otherwise referred to as a single shaft machine). Each gas turbine will fire natural gas as a primary fuel and ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel as a backup fuel.

The facility will have a nominal power output at base load of approximately 850 MW-1,000 MW while firing natural gas. The power generated by the facility will be transmitted through a new 345-kV transmission line to be installed from the facility through an existing National Grid right-of-way to the Sherman Road Substation in Burrillville.

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