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Burrillville Power Plant Developer, Along With Opposition, Ask For Stay Of Final Hearings


The major parties for and against a proposal to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville are asking state regulators to put a hold on final hearings for the project.

The ask comes just days after ISO-New England, the region’s electrical grid operator, asked federal energy regulators to terminate an agreement ISO-New England made with power plant developer Invenergy in 2016. 

The contract, called a capacity supply obligation, would have provided monthly payments to Invenergy if the power plant was operational by next year. However, the plant will not be up-and-running by then because of delays in the permitting process.

Invenergy, along with the Town of Burrillville and Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental advocacy group, are asking the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board to stop final hearings for now.

They’re requesting the hearings resume pending a decision on the termination of the contract between Invenergy and ISO-New England, which could take up to two months. 

A decision on the stay is expected at a hearing before the Energy Facility Siting Board Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Public Utilities Commission’s office in Warwick.

Avory Brookins