Invenergy objects to disclosure, files to protect some info from public

There was a flurry of motions, objections and supplemental testimony released from parties litigating before the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) about Invenergy‘s $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant Invenergy is aiming at the prsistine forests of northwest Rhode Island. Due to ISO New England‘s decision not to allow Invenergy to enter its second proposed turbine in ISOs next Forward Capacity Auction, Invenergy has a lot of explaining to do, and they did so by filing supplemental testimony from  Ryan Hardy and Mason Smith of PA Consulting, the firm Invenergy pays to evaluate their plans, and John Niland, director of development for Invenergy.

All three Invenergy witnesses claim that the ISO’s decision to prevent Invenergy from entering the next Forward Capacity Auction does not mean the plant is not needed. That said, Invenergy also filed a Motion for Protective Treatment that, when granted, will prevent the public from accessing the documents that would shine light on Invenergy’s interpretation of the ISO’s decision.

Invenergy also objected to a motion for discovery on the part of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and objected to CLF being given time to analyze the situation.

Meanwhile, the Town of Charlestown, dragged into this situation because Invenergy made a secret deal with Narragansett Indian Tribal leadership for water that shares an aquifer with the town, filed a motion asserting that Invenergy has not released information reuested by the Town in a timely manner, making it impossible for Charlestown’s expert to evaluate Invenergy’s water plan in time for the sheduled hearings. Charlestown is asking for an extension of 30 days.

These motions, and many more, will most likely be heard Monday, November 27, 2017, beginning at 10:00 AM in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission office building, 89 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, Rhode Island.

If no extensions are granted or delays incurred, full hearings are expected to start Friday, December 8, 2017 beginning at 9:30 AM in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission office building, 89 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, Rhode Island.

Before that, the EFSB has scheduled two hearings in communities affected by the new water plan:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM in the Charlestown Elementary
School Gymnasium
, 363 Carolina Back Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM in the Burrillville
Middle School Auditorium, 2200 Bronco Highway, Harrisville, Rhode Island.


Here are links to all motions, etc, filed today:

Invenergy:

2017-11-20 Niland Supplemental Redacted

2017-11-20 Hardy Pre-Filed Supplemental

2017-11-20 Smith Pre-Filed Supplemental

2017-11-20 Protective Treatment

2017-11-20 Invenergy Objection to CLF

2017-11-20 Invenergy Objection to Burrillville

Charlestown:

2017-11-20 Charlestown Extension Motion

Burrillville:

2017-11-20 Burrillville responds to Building Trades


Previously:

Grid operator’s faux neutrality and endorsement of natural gas threatens our future

Private event for fossil fuel industry insiders held in Cranston

UpriseRI denied access to invite only ISO-New England event; ProJo, NPR okayed

EFSB to hear motions in power plant case on November 27, public attendance is important

ISO New England CEO to headline invite-only fossil fuel industry event

Invenergy moves to block EFSB access to documents and the time to review them

Invenergy failed to disclose its pro-power plant astroturfing

CLF motions for time to analyze Invenergy’s ‘bombshell’

CLF’s Jerry Elmer: Invenergy has a disclosure problem

Invenergy’s proposed RI power plant not qualified to enter electric market

Is the Energy Facilities Siting Board prepared to disentangle issues of tribal governance?

Narragansett Tribal Council motions to intervene in Burrillville power plant docket

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