Michigan coal-fired power plant may be added to list of closures

The future of We Energies’ 431 MW Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette, Mich. is in doubt, according to a report from Unlike many coal-fired plants, however, the decision will not be primarily based on the cost of environmental regulations.

According to the report, Cliffs Natural Resources, the plant’s largest customer, will switch to purchasing electricity from Integrys Energy Services out of Chicago. Cliffs announced it would be enrolling in Michigan’s electric choice program, which allows the company to purchase deregulated power.

The loss of Cliffs as a customer has resulted in an uncertain future for the plant and its 170 employees, We Energies CEO Gale Kappa told

The report states We Energies has around 21,000 in Michigan’s upper peninsula, but 90 percent of its power produced is used by two mines operated by Cliffs.

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