Public Climate Change Meeting for Proposed Burrillville Power Plant Scheduled for July 21

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Three days after Gov. Gina Raimondo meets with Burrillville residents on July 18, the Office of Energy Resources (OER) will host another public meeting on the proposed natural-gas power plant.

The July 21 meeting will be a listening session at the University of Rhode Island. The public will be allowed to speak to the issue of climate change. OER will use the public comments, along with submitted testimony, to write an advisory opinion for the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB).

The advisory opinion reviews the impacts of the Clear River Energy Center on anticipated greenhouse gas emissions and the cumulative impact over the life of the project. It looks at whether the facility will conform to the Resilient Rhode Island Act and state energy policies.

This advisory opinion is one of several reports due to the EFSB that will inform its decision on the application for the nearly 1,000-megawatt power plant proposed for Burrillville.

The meeting will be held at Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences in the Ryan Family Auditorium, room 100 on URI's Kingston campus, 120 Flagg Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New OER commissioner Carol Grant, who started the job June 13, announced the meeting date during a recent meeting of the state Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council. Grant grew up on a farm in Missouri. After college and law school, she worked in the legal department for Verizon in Boston. She later served as vice president of human resources for Textron and chief of operations for Providence Mayor David Cicilline. Most recently, she worked for wind and solar developer First Wind Holdings in Boston, which was acquired by Sun Edison in 2014.

Grant replaces Marion Gold, who was appointed by then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee in 2013. Gold will replace Paul Roberti on the three-member Public Utilities Commission.