October 31, 2018 (PROVIDENCE, RI) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) issued the following statement today in response to a Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) decision to reject a Public Utility Commission (PUC) opinion favoring a new power plant in Burrillville. The PUC opinion was based on the regional electric grid operator’s now retracted claim that it needed the power the plant would produce.
“How much more proof do we need that this plant is unnecessary?” said Jerry Elmer, Senior Attorney at CLF. “Invenergy’s fracked gas and fossil fuel plant would generate dangerous greenhouse gas emissions at a time when Rhode Island should be focusing on clean, renewable energy. Today’s decision makes it clear: Invenergy needs to admit defeat and stop forcing this unwanted plant on Rhode Islanders.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.