- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) - Three of Rhode Island’s largest environmental groups have pledged their opposition to a 900-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant proposed for Burrillville.

Rhode Island Public Radio (https://bit.ly/2a2dQ2V ) reports that Save the Bay, The Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island each released statements against the proposed Invenergy LLC plant, citing threats to the climate, forest habitats and biodiversity.

The groups are all members of the Environment Council of Rhode Island, which expressed opposition to the project earlier.

The groups say energy efficiency and renewable energy should be first considered when addressing future energy needs. Officials at Chicago-based Invenergy say the $700 million project would be an important part of the area’s energy mix to both meet future demand and decrease carbon emissions.

The project’s application remains under review.


Information from: RIPR-FM, https://www.wrni.org/

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