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Plans for New Controversial Coal Plant Put on Hold

May 28, 2010

LANSING, Mich. - Reaction from conservation groups is mixed over Thursday's announcement by Consumers Energy that the company is delaying plans for a new coal-fired power plant in Bay County, Mich. CMS Energy, the parent of Consumers Energy, announced Thursday that lower consumer demand from the recession, lower natural gas prices and increased power generation in the Midwest all led to its decision to postpone the 830-megawatt project, which was designed to use so-called clean-coal technology.

While they are pleased the plant has been put on hold, groups such as the Sierra Club argue the chief reasons are different from those expressed by CMS. Ann Woiwode, the Club's state director, believes it is now unlikely the company ever will receive approval of a Certificate of Necessity from state regulators for the $2.3-billion plant.

"As you begin to look at the numbers of what this plant would actually cost, what the demand is, what the alternatives would be, which they would have to discuss in this Certificate of Necessity, it makes less and less sense to propose a coal plant."

In what the Sierra Club sees as a related event, more than 40 percent of CMS' shareholders voted last week in favor of resolutions to address green house gases and disposal of coal ash into Saginaw Bay. Woiwode says, since the proposed power plant would face a number of environmental hurdles, the shareholder vote has sent a strong message to the company leadership.

"The folks who are investing in Consumers want them to do the right thing. This is an exciting opportunity as a state to go back and look at this. This is the time for us to begin to put into play all the things we can do to be much smarter for our economic and energy future in this state."

Consumers Energy said in a statement its decision will free up about $1 billion over the next five years to invest instead in environmental controls on existing coal units, as well as more natural gas. The company has not announced a new timetable for resuming the power plant project, but says it will continue to monitor the market and energy demand.

Amy Miller/Lori Abbott, Public News Service - MI