Invenergy series

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An Open Letter to Providence Mayor Elorza Regarding Invenergy
by Jerry Elmer

Dear Mayor Elorza: On August 11, 2017, Michael Sabatoni, President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, emailed you a letter pertaining to the pending Superior Court litigation regarding the water contract between the Town of Johnston and Invenergy. That pending lawsuit was brought by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Town of…

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Invenergy Natural Gas Power Plant Postponement Is Good News
by Jerry Elmer

Since an article appeared in the Providence Journal on July 11 saying that the proposed start-up date of the Invenergy plant has been postponed, I have heard from many CLF supporters asking questions about the delay and what it means. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. What exactly was reported in the…

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CLF Victory in Superior Court Case on Invenergy
by Jerry Elmer

On June 20, 2017, a Rhode Island Superior Court judge denied Invenergy’s Motion to Dismiss CLF’s lawsuit against the company. CLF’s Superior Court lawsuit asserts that the water contract between Invenergy and the Town of Johnston to supply water to Invenergy’s proposed power plant is illegal. This Superior Court case pertains to Invenergy, but is separate from…

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This Is Why I Love Working for CLF!
by Jerry Elmer

Yesterday, I came home and found a letter in a hand-written envelope waiting for me. I did not recognize the return address.  Inside was a two-page letter, hand-written on yellow lined paper.  It said: I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all of the hard work and dedication you and…

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CLF Lawsuit Could Stop Invenergy Plant for Good
by Jerry Elmer

The problems for Invenergy continue to mount. Today, March 7, 2017, CLF filed a new lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court, the latest salvo in CLF’s long effort to stop Invenergy from building a fracked gas and diesel oil power plant in Rhode Island. Invenergy’s New Water Deal May Not Be a “Done Deal” I have…

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ISO Forward Capacity Auction Results (Again) Show Invenergy Plant Not Needed
by Jerry Elmer

The ISO’s Forward Capacity Auction 11, conducted on Monday, February 6, 2017, once again shows that the proposed Invenergy fracked gas and diesel oil power plant is not needed. The Independent System Operator-New England (ISO) is the entity that runs the New England electricity grid. The ISO is regulated under federal law, and is responsible for…

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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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Carbon and Climate Are the Main Issues in Invenergy Gas Plant Case
by Jerry Elmer

This week, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission is hearing the Invenergy case. In a blog last week, I wrote about the overall structure of the case and that there are three main issues: Whether the plant is needed for system reliability, which you can read about here. Whether Invenergy has lied by grossly overstating…

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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…