By Tim Faulkner, Eco Rhode Island.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — Ahead of a July 18 public meeting with Burrillville residents, Gov. Gina Raimondo recently reiterated her support for the proposed Clear River Energy Center.
In a seemingly contradictory defense of the nearly 1,000-megwatt project, she said Rhode Island's overwhelming reliance on natural-gas-generated electricity justifies building another natural-gas power plant.
“As a bridge to renewables, I do support natural gas. It’s where we get 98 percent of energy in Rhode Island,” Raimondo said July 7, after signing two bills that expand renewable-energy development incentives in Rhode Island.