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Successful Hearing on Bill That Would Kill Invenergy Fossil-Fuel Plant
by Jerry Elmer

The House Environment Committee, chaired by Rep. Art Handy (D-Cranston), held a hearing yesterday evening on H-8240, introduced by Rep. Cale Keable (D-Burrillville). As I explained in an earlier post, CLF strongly supports the bill because, if enacted, it is likely to kill the 900-megawatt Invenergy power plant proposed for Burrillville, Rhode Island. The hearing…

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New General Assembly Bill Addresses Invenergy Power Plant Proposal
by Jerry Elmer

On Friday, May 20, Rhode Island Representative Cale Keable, of Burrillville, introduced a bill into the General Assembly that could have profound implications for the proposal of Invenergy to build an unneeded 1,000-megawatt fossil fuel power plant in Burrillville. The bill is H-8240. Main Point of the New Bill Under existing law (R.I. General Laws…

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Not Harm Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Hughes v. PPL, No. 14-614. The case addressed the kinds of incentives that states are allowed (or not allowed) to provide for certain kinds of energy production. For this reason, some environmentalists were concerned that the decision could affect the legality of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)…

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Rhode Island Senate Hearing on Two Renewable Energy Bills
by Jerry Elmer

Two separate pairs of renewable energy bills are wending their way through the Rhode Island General Assembly this session. (By “pairs of bills,” I mean identical, companion bills on the House and Senate sides of the legislature.) One of the two pairs of bills (S-2185 and H-7413) would extend the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES). …

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Renewable Energy Bill Heard in Rhode Island General Assembly
by Jerry Elmer

A bill, H-7413, which would extend Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES), had a very successful hearing in the House Corporations Committee last night, Tuesday, February 9. (What Rhode Island calls the RES is referred to as a “Renewable Portfolio Standard,” or RPS, in most other states.)  The Senate-side companion bill, S-2181, will be heard…

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Update on the Invenergy Power Plant
by Jerry Elmer

The Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB), which is considering a proposal to permit a new 900 MW fossil fuel power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island, held two meetings this month. January 12 Preliminary Hearing On January 12, the EFSB held a Preliminary Hearing in the Docket. At the Preliminary Hearing, Invenergy presented a broad overview of…