Bill gives Burrillville voters voice in power plant negotiations

A rendering of Invenergy's proposed power plant in Burrillville. (credit: Invenergy)

BURRILLVILLE, R.I (WPRI) — Burrillville voters will now have a say in any tax agreement made between the town and Invenergy LLC., the developers of a proposed power plant.

A bill has passed in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, despite Governor Gina Raimondo’s concern, that would require any tax agreement to be subject to voter approval.

This comes after a majority of residents vocalized opposition to building a power plant facility in town.

There is legislation under consideration at the State House that would require a town wide referendum on a possible agreement with Invenergy, the company that wants to build a $700

If the plans of adding a power plant in Burrillville come to fruition, part of the agreement guarantees between $92 million and $180 million in tax payments to the town.

The construction of the power plant is also expected to create 300 jobs.

The Burrillville Town Council does not support the legislation to add another power plant and members say they want to protect the financial interest of residents, should the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) approves the power plant.

 

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