Century-old state law may decide case involving Invenergy, Burrillville, Johnston and the future of energy in Rhode Island

Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal

The crux of a lawsuit over a water deal between the Town of Johnston and Chicago-based power plant developer Invenergy may come down to six words in a century-old state law.

Those words — “other ordinary municipal water supply purposes” — either allow Johnston to sell some of its Scituate Reservoir water to the $1-billion power plant that Invenergy wants to build in Burrillville, or they forbid it, depending on how the phrase is interpreted.

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