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MEC applauds Consumers Energy's decisions on coal-fired power plants

Dec 2, 2011
“The Michigan Environmental Council applauds Consumers Energy on its announcement to not move forward with a new coal-fired power plant, and its decision to retire seven smaller units around the state,” said James Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. “These decisions are good news for public health in Michigan.”

The Michigan Environmental Council recently commissioned a report that showed the nine oldest coal plants in Michigan result in health care costs and damages of over $1.5 billion annually for Michigan residents.

The report can be downloaded at:

The news is also a welcome change for ratepayers who have experienced constant rate increases over the last three years. Consumers Energy also announced its intention to spend $1.6 billion to upgrade other units.

The Michigan Public Service Commission needs to continue to do a thorough evaluation of expenditures of that magnitude and ensure that they are in the best interests of Michigan ratepayers.

“We need to carefully examine any new investment in a plant built 50 years ago, and decide whether that is the best use of ratepayer dollars,” said David Gard, energy program director of the Michigan Environmental Council.

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