Stop the Michigan Coal Rush
Starting in 2007, Michiganders saw one of the most aggressive efforts to build new coal plants of any state in the nation. Through the extraordinary hard work of a wide coalition of energy, faith, tribal, health and environmental organizations, by August of 2010 every one of the eight proposed coal plants was canceled, was put on indefinite hold, or had been denied a needed air pollution permit by the state of Michigan. Michigan's then Governor Jennifer Granholm took visionary steps in demanding that no air permits for coal plants be issued unless there was a demonstrated need, and unless there were no cleaner alternatives that could meet that need better.
In addition, the Snyder administration, with virtually no comment, extended the air pollution permit for the proposed expansion of the Consumers Energy Karn Weadock coal-fired power plant in Essexville. Consumers Energy in May 2010 announced their plan to put this proposed plant on hold because there was no need for the power and the additional cost burden on their customers was unjustified. Despite that admission by the company, the Snyder administration has kept this plant alive instead of allowing its 18 month permit to expire this summer. Consumers now has an additional 18 months to begin construction on this plant expansion if they wish to proceed. Additional permissions from the Michigan Public Service Commission would be needed before the plant costs could be charged to Consumers Energy ratepayers.
Sierra Club and our partners, including Natural Resources Defense Council, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and Environmental Law and Policy Center, have filed lawsuits to stop the Holland BPW and Consumers Energy plant expansions and to kill the proposed new Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative plant. Michigan has an enormous amount to lose if the proposed coal plants go forward. More than 150 proposed coal plants have been cancelled around the country since 2001 because coal is dangerous, dirty, expensive, job-killing and out of date. Your voice is needed in the fight to move the Great Lakes State to a clean energy future and leave coal behind - Join us! Find out more about what is going on now in Michigan on the Beyond Coal Michigan page, or contact Tiffany Hartung, Anne Woiwode or Jan O'Connell to learn more.
Sierra Club, et al, in a July 13, 2011 letter to MDEQ urge denial of any request to extend the Karn-Weadock coal plant air permit, since they're not building it anyway.
VICTORY! Northern Michigan University Cancels Plans to Burn Coal! 5/18/09
VICTORY! LS Power Suspends Plans for MidMichigan Energy coal plant in Midland! 5/1/09
Governor Granholm Slams Brakes on Coal Plant Proposals; Adopts Aggressive Clean Energy Agenda