No appeal filed in power plant decision

Resident Ken Putnam stands with other longtime plant opponents, waving to cars from in from of Town Hall.

BURRILLVILLE – It’s official: Invenergy Thermal, LLC will not be erecting a 1,000 megawatt power plant in the forests of Burrillville.

The company first applied to build the facility in 2015, and after years of organized opposition from concerned groups both in and beyond the town borders, many gathered to celebrate the official end to the process on Friday, Nov. 15.

The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board denied the company’s application on June 20, but a written decision was only released on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Chicago-based energy company then had ten days to file an appeal with the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

According to opponents who gathered in Providence, the 4 p.m. deadline came and went without action.

The group held a countdown watch party at the steps of the courthouse, followed by a celebration.

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