Invenergy, the company proposing to build a new gas-fired power plant in Burrillville, has filed its permit application.
The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) has received Invenergy’s permit application. The state agency has the final say on the project, which has divided some Burrillville residents.
Company officials say the facility will reduce electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Supporters, including Gov. Gina Raimondo, consider the project sound for the economy and the environment. But opponents say solar or wind power projects would do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The EFSB will review Invenergy’s application and schedule public hearings over the next few months. Invenergy will also need permits from the Department of Environmental Management related to air quality, water use, and wetland protections.
The environmental advocacy group the Conservation Law Foundation plans to challenge Invenergy’s proposal.
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