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Making Renewable Energy “Dispatchable”
by Jerry Elmer

One of the biggest criticisms of renewable energy is that it is not “dispatchable.” “Dispatchable” electricity generators are the most useful ones to operators of the electricity grid, because grid operators can turn them on and off as needed, and more accurately control their output of electricity to keep the overall grid safe and reliable.…

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CLF Defeats Gas Pipeline Proposal in Rhode Island PUC
by Jerry Elmer

Late in the afternoon on Friday, January 13, just before the start of the long MLK holiday weekend, National Grid quietly filed a letter with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the PUC to close Docket # 4627. This is the Docket that would have allowed National Grid to contract for a portion…

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Blazing the Trail for Offshore Wind in Rhode Island
by Jerry Elmer

In just a few days, the first offshore wind farm in the country will go live. The five-turbine Block Island Wind Project, developed by Deepwater Wind off the coast of Rhode Island, was more than 10 years in the making. The lessons learned and the trails blazed from this small project are setting the stage…

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CLF Files Motion to Dismiss Invenergy Case (Again)
by Jerry Elmer

The tide may be turning in the Invenergy case. On Tuesday, September 13, the Town of Burrillville filed a Motion to Dismiss the Invenergy Docket. This was important because the Town Council had been widely seen as being very supportive of the Invenergy proposal. The Town’s Motion is based on the fact that Invenergy has…

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Problems for Invenergy Continue to Mount
by Jerry Elmer

I have written before about Invenergy’s proposal to build a new 1,000 megawatt fossil fuel power plant in rural Burrillville, Rhode Island; and I have recently written about mounting problems that Invenergy faces. Now Invenergy may be facing new, additional problems. On August 31, 2016, the Town of Burrillville Planning Board filed its Advisory Opinion in the…

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Invenergy’s Proposed New Fossil Fuel Plant May Have Difficulty Finding Water to Use
by Jerry Elmer

Invenergy’s inability to obtain water for its proposed 1,000-megawatt fossil-fuel plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island, may prove to be a significant obstacle to the plant’s proponents. By way of background, Invenergy’s pending permit application to the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) calls for Invenergy to acquire well water from Pascoag Utility District (PUD) Well 3A,…

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Invenergy Hearing at the Public Utilities Commission
by Jerry Elmer

Starting on Monday, July 25, 2016, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is hearing Docket #4609 about the proposal from Invenergy to build a new 900-megawatt fossil-fuel power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island. The PUC is considering two specific questions about the Invenergy proposal: (a) is the plant needed for the reliability of the…