Environmental advocates at the Conservation Law Foundation are trying to intervene in the effort to build a new natural gas-fired power plant in the state. Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza explains.
The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board will soon begin to review an application from the company Invenergy to build a power plant in Burrillville. Lawyers with the Conservation Law Foundation want to participate in that review process in a role that’s known as an intervener.
CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer said the group questions whether the power plant will meet clean air standards.
“Building new carbon emitting fossil fuel plant, like this one, may make it impossible for state to meet its own stated carbon emission reduction goals,” said Elmer.
Elmer says the Conservation Law Foundation would bring expertise in the region’s energy market to the review process.
Invenergy and state officials have said the new power plant will reduce electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions.
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