Gas

Developers of 1 GW Gas Plant Barred from New England Power Auction

By Editors of Power Engineering

Invenergy was dealt another setback in its development of its contentious 1 GW gas-fired Burrillville power plant with the news that one of its generation units was barred from participating in next year’s ISO New England power auction.

Representatives of the Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental organization that opposes the plant, said the move indicates the power is not needed, Rhode Island Public Radio reported.

However, Invenergy said they were barred because of delays in the permitting process and the resulting deferral on parts orders. The company intends to bid again for the 2019 auction.

One of the Burrillville units cleared an auction in 2016.

The Burrillville plant has faced significant opposition from local organizations and municipalities, though last month Rhode Island officials approved a motion to suppress most of them, except the one from the city of Burrillville itself.