Governor Gina Raimondo remains non-committal on whether she will veto a bill requiring local approval for a controversial power plant in Burrillville.
Raimondo said changing the way projects are approved part way through the siting process could send an anti-business message.
She was referring to a bill, approved Tuesday by a House committee, requiring approval from Burrillville residents for a proposed power plant to move ahead in the town.
"The governor and her team are closely monitoring the plans and listening to community feedback and concerns," spokeswoman Ashley O'Shea said. "We will be learning more about the health and environmental impacts of the plans as the Energy Facility Siting Board continues its review of the proposal, and we will be reviewing those assessments carefully."
O'Shea said a large part of Raimondo's energy strategy is to adopt new solutions that will lead us to a cleaner, more reliable energy system in the future, including offshore wind and solar power.
But she declined to answer directly when asked if the governor would veto the local control bill if it reaches her desk.
"The governor has not yet reviewed this particular legislation, but we have heard some concerns about modifying the rules in the middle of the siting board process," O'Shea said. "We will continue to closely monitor it as it goes through the legislative process."