Midland Coal Plant Stopped

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Over the past two years, we’ve reported on plans to build several new coal-fired power plants in Michigan. However, these plans have been the target of strong opposition from grassroots activists across the state.

We’re happy to hear that one of the plants–proposed for Midland, Michigan–will no longer be built. Mid-Michigan Energy, a subsidiary of LS Power, halted plans to pursue the plant citing regulatory and economic uncertainty. In recent months, the EPA has indicated that it will likely begin to regulate carbon emissions, while Governor Jennifer Granholm has ordered all companies planning to build coal-fired power plants to head back to the drawing boards to see if alternative power sources could meet the state’s needs.

Activists with the Midland group Midland Cares welcomed the news and said that it is an opportunity to pursue alternative energy sources. In response to the news, the statewide coalition Clean Energy Now said that it was due to the work of grassroots activists who educated, organized, and applied pressure on government leaders and Mid-Michigan Energy that the coal plant was not built.

Earlier this year, another planned coal plant in Marquette, Michigan was rejected by the EPA.

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Author: mediamouse

Grand Rapids independent media // mediamouse.org

2 thoughts on “Midland Coal Plant Stopped”

  1. Try putting yourself in their shoes. You know that affordable electricity is an essential part of protecting consumers and American businesses. During the America’s Power Factuality Tour, our team traveled all over the country to document the places, people and technologies involved in producing cleaner electricity from domestic coal. Our travels brought us to Council Bluffs, Iowa, home of the Walter Scott Energy Center – one of the most efficient coal-based plants in America. This facility generates more than 1,600 megawatts of affordable electricity, which has a positive long-term economic impact on the region—one that includes a Google data facility.

    Take a look at the plant in action and meet the people who keep it running: http://sn.im/factuality

  2. The above comment is from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity which is just a front group for the coal industry (including power plant operators, mining companies, etc):

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=American_Coalition_for_Clean_Coal_Electricity

    They’ve spent millions lobbying politicians in hopes of preventing legislative action aimed at curbing emissions. The organization has also often sought to appear as a “grassroots” effort rather than an industry group even though that is where it gets its money.

    In 2008, the Natural Resources Defense Council put together a good parody of ACCCE’s website:

    http://www.americascoalpower.org/news.html

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