Combined Cycle, New Projects

Plans for Michigan natural gas-fired power plant moving forward

Consumers Energy, a unit of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), filed for approval of a certificate of necessity with the Michigan regulators for a planned 700 MW natural gas-fired power plant.

The certificate of necessity filing provides Consumers Energy’s comprehensive analysis for the 700 MW natural gas plant planned for Thetford Township, about 20 miles northeast of Flint. The plant is needed to help offset 950 MW of expected lost coal-fired capacity. In addition, customers set an all-time peak demand record in 2012.

The Thetford site already is home to nine smaller natural gas fired combustion turbine units. Consumers’ air permit covers two combined-cycle units at the site, leaving the opportunity open to develop a second unit at a later date. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 after necessary approvals. The plant is expected to begin delivering electricity by 2017.

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