Michigan regulators deny permit for proposed coal plant

A Michigan state regulatory agency denied an air quality permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant today.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Environment denied the permit requested by Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative to build a 600 megawatt plant south of the town of Rogers City. The agency said the utility had failed to demonstrate a need for the plant and hadn’t fully explored alternatives (view denial letter (PDF)).

In a news release, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said the project would have been a “job-killer” and a “roadblock in our efforts to bring new economic development investments to Michigan.”

“We are protecting hundreds of thousands of Michigan homeowners, businesses, and farmers from paying a whopping increase in their electric bills, which would have been among the highest in the nation,” she said.

In a letter sent today (PDF) to Granholm, Orjiakor N. Isiogu, chairman of the state’s public service commission, said the plant would have resulted in an estimated rate increase of nearly $77 per month for residential customers.

A spokesperson for Wolverine Power did not return a call requesting comment.

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