St. Clair Power Plant to Resume Partial Output this Month

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The St. Clair Power Plant near Detroit, Michigan, may return to operation later this month, DTE Energy told the Detroit Free Press.

The coal-fired plant was shut down Aug. 11 after a fire caused serious damage to the plant’s roof and interior.

Since then, power plant workers have been repairing, testing, cleaning and inspecting the plant’s power generation equipment, operating systems and infrastructure, a company spokesman said.

“As a result of this work, DTE expects the St. Clair plant to resume partial energy output in September by restarting two generating units,” The spokesman said.

According to St. Clair Fire Chief Dave Westrick, the fire began on the third floor and extended to the roof of the nine-story building. One of the generating units caught fire, DTE said. The plant features six coal-fired units.

The plant, which was placed into service in 1953, is scheduled to be shut down under a plan to close eight coal-fired units at three locations between 2020 and 2023.

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