Consumers Energy today confirmed it will close its seven oldest coal-fired power plants by April 15, amounting to two-thirds of the company’s coal fleet. The retirements will reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 25 percent, while reducing its emissions by 40 percent.
Collectively generating just under 1,000 MW, the company’s “Classic Seven” plants have operated in Michigan for more than six decades. Plants include: B.C. Cobb 4 and 5; Muskegon; J.C. Weadock 7 and 8; Hampton Township (Bay County); J.R. Whiting 1, 2, and 3; and Luna Pier.
Consumers Energy purchased the Jackson Gas Plant to replace the output of the Classic Seven. It also continues to invest in wind and other renewable resources.