The Energy Rhode Island Needs

From a next-generation power plant



The Need

  • Rhode Island has the second-highest electric rates in the contiguous United States.
  • New England’s grid is facing a potential 10,000 megawatt shortfall in the coming years. We need to add new, affordable energy resources to fill that gap.
“Invenergy has met its burden of proof that the entire Clear River Energy Center facility is needed in order to meet the electric generation reliability needs of southeastern New England and Rhode Island consumers.”
– Public Utilities Commission |

Addressing New England’s Energy Needs

As aging, coal-fired plants are retiring in the region, New England’s regional electric grid is facing a more than 10,000-megawatt shortfall. The Clear River Energy Center will help address this crisis with a new, next-generation power plant.

The equipment used will be state-of-the-art, making the facility the most efficient and reliable energy center in New England.



Lowering Costs for Consumers

Rhode Island customers pay the fourth highest retail electric rates in the country. The Clear River Energy Center will play a major role in addressing energy reliability and affordability challenges from coal plant retirements and is projected to result in millions of dollars in cumulative savings for Rhode Island consumers in the first four years of operations.

"The Project will reduce regional wholesale capacity and energy prices and... lower electricity costs for Rhode Island consumers."
- Statewide Planning Program |

Homegrown, Reliable Source

The 900+ megawatt project will be New England’s largest new energy project in decades, helping to stabilize energy prices across the region.

This facility will be powered by natural gas, the same resource many people use to cook and heat their homes, drawn from the nearby Algonquin pipeline. There will not be any natural gas drilling at this site or otherwise associated with this project.