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U.P. Power Crisis

In November 2013 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced with great fanfare that the coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant in the Upper Peninsula was going to be refurbished. We Energies and Wolverine Power Cooperative had just...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2013

In This Issue: - Challenge to Coal Plant's Modified Air Permit Fails - Electric Reliability Project to Include Focus on Outages - Michigan Shorts - Consumers Energy May Terminate Case for New Gas Plant -...more

U.P. Power Plant May Close

We Energies may shut down its Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette after losing more than 80 percent of its energy demand when two mines switched to alternative energy suppliers. The mines, who paid $120 million in...more

11/11/2013  /  Energy Sector , Power Plants

Consumers Energy Seeks Existing Gas-Fired Generation

On September 30, Consumers Energy issued a RFP soliciting proposals to sell to it one or more existing simple cycle or combined cycle natural gas-fueled electric generating facilities. The RFP schedule was extremely short: ...more

10/22/2013  /  Oil & Gas , Power Plants

Consumers Energy Natural Gas Plant Approval Case Gets Started

The first hearing in Case U-17429 at the Michigan Public Service Commission regarding the application of Consumers Energy to build a 700 megawatt gas-fired power plant took place on August 19....more

Natural Gas Generation To Cut Need For Coal

The Lansing Board of Water & Light has started up its new 100 MW natural gas-fired power plant across the street from its existing Moore’s Park and Eckert coal-fired generators with their iconic triple exhaust stacks....more

7/29/2013  /  Coal , Natural Gas , Power Plants

Court Rules On Cost Allocation For Transmission Upgrades

Michigan’s challenge to the allocation of costs incurred for the upgrade of the Midwest electric grid transmission system has been rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit....more

Nuclear Plant Off-Line Again

The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert has been shut down due to a water leakage issue in the Safety Injection Refueling Water Tank. ...more

If Ontario Can Do It, Should Michigan Follow?

As Gov. Rick Snyder's energy policy forum process kicks off, one question that has to be on the table is "What does Michigan plan to do with its coal-fired generation?" Ontario has asked that question and has answered by...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - Another Baseload Natural Gas Plant for Consumers Energy - Favorable Tax Decision on Solar Array - Quackenbush/Bakkal to Prepare Energy Report - Plastic Solar Cells on the Horizon? - Law Suit...more

U.P. Power Plant To Be Kept Open

Wolverine Power Cooperative of Cadillac has agreed to co-partner on the retrofit of We Energies’ coal-fired power plant in Marquette. The cost to bring the Presque Isle Power Plant up to new federal environmental standards is...more

1/21/2013  /  Coal , Power Plants
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