The Michigan Energy and Technology Center has been formed by a consortium of companies to generate economic activity in the state. The founding members of the group include Consumers Energy, Energetx Composites LLC, Rockford Berge, Sand Products Co., and Verplank Dock Co. Initial affiliate members are Astraeus Wind Energy Inc. and Ventower Industries. The group will initially focus on two projects. The first is to enhance the infrastructure at the Port of Muskegon, the only deep water port on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan. In support of this project, Consumers Energy has made a commitment to allow access to its coal port at the Cobb generating plant, which will be idled within the next three years. The second project is a pilot program by Michigan State University to develop a virtual clean technology and logistics research center [MTEC @ MSU] to assist in developing clean energy technology, scaling up manufacturing, and transporting products.