Rhode Island board plans Oct. 13 hearing on Invenergy’s Clear River project

The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board said in an Oct. 5 notice that it will conduct a show cause hearing on Oct. 13 to determine whether licensing proceedings should be suspended pending Invenergy Thermal Development LLC supplementing its application for a power plant approval with a water supply plan.

The hearing may continue thereafter from day to day and from time to time as required.

In an application filed with the board on Oct. 29, 2015, Invenergy sought the approval of the board to site and construct the Clear River Energy Center, a combined-cycle facility of approximately 850 to 1000 MW, and associated facilities and structures, 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.

On Sept. 13, the Town of Burrillville filed a motion to dismiss Invenergy’s application and close the docket based on an allegation that the developer has no water supply plan. Invenergy responded on Sept. 19 by saying that while the water plan is not final at this point, it is allowed to finalize the plan ahead of the board’s final hearing process. It said that a local utilities district changed its mind on letting it use a water well, forcing it to seek other alternatives. A local fire district also recently rejected the project’s use of another water well.

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