R.I. energy panel hears competing lawyers on proposed Burrillville power plant

Not surprisingly, lawyers representing opponents of the project came to a very different conclusion in their statements.

Jerry Elmer, senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, countered that energy efficiency is reducing demand for electricity in New England and that renewable energy is helping to fill what need there is. Prices in the annual energy auction held by ISO New England have dropped significantly in recent years, proving, he said, an excess of capacity.

“The evidence shows that the plant is not needed,” Elmer said. “The evidence shows that Rhode Island will not be able to meet its short-, medium- or long-term carbon-reduction goals if this plant is built. Even if a plant were needed, it is not needed there.”

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