What’s the deal with this power plant?

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed putting a second power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island! The massive 1000 Megawatt Power Plant fueled by fracked gas and diesel oil proposed for Burrillville would result in the unnecessary industrialization of our rural region and neighborhoods. It would destroy hundreds of acres of pristine interior forest right next to beautiful recreational and conservation areas like; George Washington ParkPulaski Park, Buck Hill Management Area, and more.  The proposed plant would also introduce significant risk to our health and safety through the release of over 3 tons of Hazardous Chemicals and the potential to contaminate our water sources.  The plant would also clog up our town and country roads with massive amounts of daily tanker truck traffic for Water, Diesel Oil, and Ammonia deliveries.  Check out our facts page to learn more about the details and the negative impact of this proposed plant and download the up to date list of Cities, Towns, and Groups formally opposed to the plant.

To date 35 cities and towns in the surrounding area, every major environmental group, and a host of other organizations and leaders have all formally opposed the Clear River Energy Center power plant along with thousands and thousands of citizens.  Please help us get the word out and educate people about the plant, the process, the impact, and the lack of need for this project. Please visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keeprhodeislandbeautiful for all the latest events and information. Hit Like on our Facebook page and Subscribe to our updates to stay up to date.

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulMonday, April 23rd, 2018 at 2:50am

Earth Day is a good day to spread the word and remind everyone what a horrible idea it is to cut down hundreds of acres of trees, in one of the most important forests in the state, to build a massive power plant next to...

Happy Earth Day to you Keep Rhode Island Beautiful and to everyone fighting to protect our planet from this terrible plan to destroy 222 acres of pristine forest land in a high priority conservation area and construct an unnecessary, dirty, fracked gas and oil burning power plant that would spew toxins for 40 years. We can do better than this destructive plan Rhode Island! We need to do better! Let's hand our children a state that values our natural resources, our forests, our water, our air, our planet over money!
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I love that trail. Screw the power plant!
Every day is a good day for this reminder! Happy Earth Day to KRIB and everyone fighting hard to preserve our natural resources!
Thank you! I appreciate this post as a reminder of the important things in life worth fighting for.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, April 19th, 2018 at 4:16am

The forests of Rhode Island hold a significant economic value to the state. The forests are also responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs for Rhode Island.

From the ecoRI environmental news article:
"The annual gross state output...

Out of state tourists? Does CT and MA count?
Rhode Island has invested our tax money in the forest in the northwest corner of our state for generations now! I cannot understand how they allowed this application to only include this ONE site with zero alternatives when this area has been so important for so long! Part of this process is supposed to include a list of possible locations for the EFSB and applicable agencies to review. And knowing full well the value of this area, to STILL not have an Environmental Impact Study is unforgivable! How can they possibly be already in the final hearing phase without an EIS! This entire things has been so absurd!
Be sure to read the ecori article itself and the "comments" that follow to learn the hidden story of what is really going on with Gina Raimondo's power plant.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, April 13th, 2018 at 2:01pm

Rhode Island deserves better than the polluting power plant proposed for the middle of our Northwest Forest next to our conservation and recreation areas, and we can do better! These areas were paid for by our tax dollars. They belong to all of us, to...

This is great. Lay those old ways to rest.
“Governor Raimondo and others suggest this fossil fuel plant will be a short-term bridge to a renewable energy future. In fact, the plant would probably operate for 30 years or more. That is not a short-term bridge to the future, but a long-term anchor to the past, locking Rhode Island into the polluting, monopoly energy economy of the 19th century for at least another generation.” This thought always strikes me. Just looking around at how renewably sourced energy has taken over New England and the globe in the past two and a half years since this proposed project was first announced, it is undeniable that our energy landscape has finally made it to the other side of that proverbial “bridge” We are now in the place where, as the older technology retires and dies out, we can add new energy to our grid through abundant amounts of renewable energy. I cannot even begin to imagine what the energy landscape will look like in five years, ten, twenty, thirty, forty. It almost seems funny that we are taking this proposal so seriously when we so clearly have other options readily available to us. The coming generation is watching us, watching us decide what they will inherit from us. What is it we want them to see? What is it we want our legacy to be? This location is an incredibly valuable location for the state and surrounding area. We have invested in this location for generations. We cannot afford to be the the ones who fail at this for all of those behind us who gifted it to us and for those who are yet to come who rely on us to offer them that same gift. We do not need this proposed plant. We cannot afford to get this wrong.
Right. We're going to ruin beautiful land/natural resources for a temporary bridge?! WHY?! This "Governor" is ridiculous.
Gov is scrambling for excuses to justify her screw up. When is this going to end!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, April 12th, 2018 at 11:44pm

Alert! The proposed Invenergy plant could actually cost New England ratepayers nearly $14M more per year in energy costs instead of lowering costs according to Projo! This was part of the testimony unsealed yesterday by the EFSB as requested by Conservation Law Foundation The previously...

From bad to worse at every corner...borderline criminal IMHO.
No power plant!!
This plant has been nothing but bad news. Looking at an overhead satellite map it's like they tried to pick the absolute WORST place to put a power plant. Keep fighting folks.
Tried of important information being hidden ! If they were honest this information would have never been hidden ! We are tired of liers and cheaters ! Only to put money in the pockets of the rich ! And the energy is not even needed ! No one will even give the water to cool it ! No water no power plant ! Let's all boycott them and alert President Trump !
WE DONT WANT IT GO AWAY
Thought we killed that damm thing
No power plant!!!
So, to reiterate here, ratepayers will see an increase in rates so that an out of state energy company can make massive profits on a fossil fuel power plant that Rhode Island does not need and has vehemently fought against.
Stop Cricket Valley Energy - NY/CT This is insane. New England is being decimated by these power plants. #thenewWestVirginia
No ! Wreck the land someplace else!
Funny it’s always been “ not in my back yard “.
Keep Rhode Island Beautiful It has always been our position that, in light of today's available options - water, wind, sun...not to mention massive increases in energy efficiencies - that fossil fuel power generation is a dinosaur of the past. ISO-NE has already shown that the power from this plant is not even needed for grid reliability. So no, this is not a NIMBY issue at all - we do not want this power plant put anywhere.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 9:57am

Breaking News: According to Projo, Invenergy has resolved their dispute with the Town of Burrillville and agreed to release the $500,000 payment they were withholding. Meanwhile, CLF asserts that the figure of 168 million in transfers to the ratepayers in New England over a period...

We need to stop them.
And this terrible idea is still alive. Enough already. Can’t believe our esteemed governor is not getting called out more for talking out of both sides of her mouth. I REALLY hope that common sense, with such enormous opposition, prevails over Gina, and her few corporate buddies. I CHOOSE to live in the northwest corner of RI because of the quality of life...
GTFO we don't want your money!
Such a terrible idea..leave Northwest RI alone!!! Go away!! Shame on Gina!!
Thanks anyway Mary Gauvin. I live here, I love it here, and I have been following this since the so-called 'beginning'. You missed my point.
Mary, thanks for that explanation! Very helpful!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulMonday, April 9th, 2018 at 1:36am

Where are all the clams going? Welcome to today’s Sunday Feature, Climate Change impacts on New England classics and the proposed Invenergy power plant.

We’ll get to the clams and clam chowder in a minute, but first, remember, there are many...

I love clams and digging for them. They will b missed
quahogs!
Then people complain about solar panels and wind generators. NIMBY is everywhere. No win....
RI needs to move forward with renewables but in a smart way. Companies choose to clear cut forests for solar farms but that is not what they should be doing. There are a lot more options for solar, just look at Massachusetts. The proposed power plant in Burrillville is much more than a NIMBY issue. Did you know that the conservation forests and parks that would be impacted were bought by RI tax payers dollars and are enjoyed by people from all over the state as well as CT & MA? The ecosystems of this interior forest is habitat to 47 species of greatest conservation need in the National Heritage Registry according to Invenergy's own ESS study? There is so much wrong with this project I could write a book!
Burrillville's Zoning Board has approved approximately 7 MW of solar without cutting down one tree! Go Burrillville! If all of the towns/cities in Rhode Island approved and built 7 MW of solar farms, that would equal...wait for me to do the math (LOL)....273 MW of solar power!!!
Vermont has a model state plan for utility scale solar siting, coordinated with all the cities and towns, that incentivizes solar arrays on appropriate sites that do not fragment forest. Rhode Island, of course, is far behind. Moving our governor to act, who only pretends to be "green", and our legislature as well, which behaves as if it were 1918, is the problem. This question of where best to site solar so that it doesn't wreck the ecosystems we depend on for survival isn't a NIMBY concern at all. It's a state, national and world concern. If you have a complaint, direct it to those who can solve it, the governor and your local state Rep and Senator.
As much as I would miss them, I also understand the importance of holding off on commercial fisheries. When populations are decreasing due to ocean acidification, pollution and temperatures, you aren’t doing them any favors by harvesting what’s there. I know people will say “but their livelihoods—“ I get it, but even coal miners are taking steps to get training in other sectors like solar.
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Keep Rhode Island Beautiful updated their cover photo.Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 12:46am
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, March 30th, 2018 at 12:08pm

Attending the amazing Biodiversity & The Invenergy Power Plant presentation with Rick Enser former Director of the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Program.
-Did you know that the area of the proposed plant has been prioritized by the state for conservation for decades?

It's the worst place to put a massive power plant - bordering Buck Hill Management, George Washington Management, Wallum Lake, and all sorts of farms and forests! I can't believe this is even being considered. Heartbreaking, really.
We don't want it or need it go away
Further presentations of this program will be made in South County and Providence. Dates, times and venues will be posted shortly.
Wallum Lake and bordering Douglas Forest is some of the most pristine, beautiful landscape and habitat in Rhode Island!!
Rick has known Burrillville before Burrillvillie knew Rick.
Julia , her classmate and I were there. Great meeting. Very informative. Met some nice people too.
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