EFSB postpones Burrillville power plant decision another 90 days

WARWICK – The R.I. Energy Facilities Siting Board has agreed to postpone for another 90 days the application process for the Clear River Energy Center, a 1,000-megawatt, gas-fired power plant proposed for Burrillville, ecoRI News reported Nov. 28.

The decision came following a request from the Conservation Law Foundation for updated reviews from the R.I. Office of Statewide Planning and the R.I. Office of Energy Resources during a Nov. 27 hearing to address motions to amend or dismiss the $1 billion project proposed by Chicago-based Invenergy Thermal Development LLC.

CLF made the motion after Invenergy was disqualified from participating in the upcoming energy capacity auction in February, held annually by regional grid operator ISO New England, which cited ongoing delays in the permitting process.

Invenergy successfully sold the first half of its generating capacity at the auction last year but failed to sell the second half earlier this year.

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The 90-day delay pushes an application decision back until June.