Eric Lineman, writing for The Energy Daily, a “must-read newsletter for energy industry leaders” and insiders, did a story yesterday on the setbacks Invenergy is experiencing in their efforts to build a $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant amid the pristine forests of Burrillville. The opening line says a lot for the power plant’s chances:
“In what may be a death blow to a project already facing growing headwinds, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week cancelled a capacity supply contract for a 970 megawatt gas-fired power plant that Invenergy wants to build in Rhode Island, agreeing with the New England grid operator that state permitting delays meant the plant would not be ready in time to meet its supply obligation for the 2021-2022 period.”
There is no evidence that Invenergy intends to give up their application before Rhode Island’s Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), despite this recent setback.
“This ruling does not impact the future of the project or Invenergy’s commitment to Rhode Island,” said an Invenergy spokesperson quoted in The Energy Daily piece. “While delays have shifted our timeline, the permitting process continues, and we’re confident this important affordable energy source for Rhode Island will be built.”
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer told The Energy Daily that Invenergy now had lost two basic arguments in support of the need for the plant:
“One was that they had this agreement, this capacity supply obligation from the ISO; that disappeared on September 20 [when ISO-NE’s termination request was filed at FERC]. The other argument was, ‘well, the PUC advisory opinion said that we were needed’; that disappeared October 31.”
The EFSB hearings resume Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission office building, 89 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02888.
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