The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board has scheduled two public hearings to receive comments on Invenergy plans to develop the 1,000-MW Clear Energy natural gas power plant.
One hearing will be held Sept. 21 in Warwick, Rhode Island and the other Oct. 3 in Harrisville, Rhode Island.
An initial public hearing was held during the spring. “The Board has scheduled these additional hearings for the purpose of accepting public comment before making a final decision on the application,” according to an Aug. 31 notice from the board.
Invenergy Thermal Development filed an application last October to site and construct the Clear River Energy Center, a combined-cycle electric power generating facility of approximately 850 to 1000 MW, and associated facilities and structures, on Wallum Lake Road in Burrillville, Rhode Island.
The plant is intended to fire natural gas as a primary fuel and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel as a backup fuel. The facility’s intended use and size meet the definition of a “major energy facility” under state regulations.
Various organizations such as the Conservation Law Foundation have sought to intervene in the case. The power plant application is DOCKET NO. SB-2015-06.