Maybe it’s a sign that Invenergy is not planning to appeal the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) final decision to deny the company a permit to build a $1B fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in the northwest corner of the state, but in a letter to Paul Roselli from Alex Kostra, Senior Project Manager at the Army Corps of Engineers, it was revealed that Invenergy has “requested to suspend review of their permit application until further notice.”

The suspended application is one of two needed by Invenergy (in addition to the EFSB’s) needed by the company to build the power plant. The application was for the transmission line between the proposed power plant and the main power grid, and was submitted in conjunction with National Grid.

The other application required by Invenergy, which is looking less and less likely to matter, is from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), for an air pollution permit. That permit seems to be still pending.


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Paul A. Roselli
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What is most interesting in this letter from the Army Corps or Engineers is that for the first time, that I can remember, in these nearly four years is an organizations looking at all the projects associated with the construction of the power plant. Near the end of the first paragraph is this: “More specifically, the application proposes to construct an electric
generating facility known as the Clear River Energy Center (CREC); construct a dedicated 345
kilovolt (“kV”) transmission line interconnection known as the Burrillville Interconnection
Project (BIP); and upgrade an existing substation known as the Sherman Road Switching Station.” This is the first time that any state or federal agency has stated that their authority covers all the projects associated with the power plant. This, I believe, bodes well for its denial, if Invenergy ever comes back, since the accumulated impacts are far worst than each of the individual projects.