LS Power Cancels Plans to Build 750 MW Coal Plant in Michigan
May 1, 2009
Great news! On May 1, 2009, LS Power announced that it has cancelled plans to build it's $1.9 billion, 750-megawatt Mid Michigan coal plant in Midland, Michigan. The company cited the poor economy and "regulatory uncertainties" for the decision. Although the Mid-Michigan plant is just one of eight proposed coal-fired power plants in Michigan, Tiffany Hartung, associate regional representative for the Sierra Club, said LS Power's decision reflects a national trend "that coal plants are a financially riskly business."
Bruce Nilles, head of Sierra Club's efforts to stop coal power plants, hailed the LS Power action as a major win in the fight for a clean energy future. "Michigan and the Midwest are ground zero for coal-fired power plants," Nilles said. "The era of new coal plants is nearing the end."
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