Energy company seeks possible Michigan natural gas plant
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — An energy company is looking to make up for the potential loss of a nuclear power plant near South Haven and possibly replace the energy production with natural gas.
Consumers Energy is seeking proposals to buy a natural, gas-fired plant. Entergy, which owns the Palisades plant, expects to close it in 2018. The state’s Public Service Commission has until August to approve whether Palisades will close.
The state of Michigan would have to approve the closure and any future plant purchase.
“The goal is just to see what good, reliable and affordable power plants are out there that could help us with our plans,” Consumers spokesman Brian Wheeler said.
A Request for Proposal that Consumers published Monday said the plant has to be located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It also said that the company wants to invest in an existing plant or plants that have between 300 and 800 available megawatts. Responses to that request are due mid-May.