WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - An energy developer is fighting to open a proposed Rhode Island power plant, despite a finding that energy demand in the region will remain flat for the next few years.

Chicago-based developer Invenergy has proposed a $1 billion fossil fuel-burning plant in Burrillville, but the town contested Wednesday that Invenergy needs to prove the project will meet the energy needs of the region under state law.

The project is in a final stretch of hearings with the Energy Facility Siting Board, which will decide if the plant is really needed.

The Providence Journal reports Invenergy argues that aging plants in the region will necessitate construction of more efficient plants for the future. Invenergy also contends the escalating development of renewable energy won't eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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