Witness testimony began Thursday and will continue this week in hearings that will determine the fate of a controversial, natural-gas power plant proposed in Burrillville.
Invenergy, the Chicago-based developer of the plant, called on witnesses who testified about the project’s potential to create short-term construction jobs. The company also assured the Energy Facility Siting Board the power plant will be up-and-running by 2021, despite delays in the project’s permitting process.
The opposing parties have claimed the energy from the power plant isn’t needed, as more renewable energy resources are connected to the regional electrical grid each year. They have also said the project would have harmful environmental impacts, such as contributing to air pollution.
More witnesses are scheduled to testify Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the Public Utilities Commission's office building in Warwick.
The hearings are expected to go until the end of October before a final decision on the power plant is made.