8 Coal Plants Shutting Down in MI

Monday, June 13, 2016 @ 04:06 PM gHale

Eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan will shut down over the next seven years.

The units will retire between 2020 and 2023, said officials at Detroit-based DTE Energy Co.

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The facilities are at the River Rouge facility in the Detroit area, the St. Clair facility in St. Clair County’s East China Township and the Trenton facility in suburban Detroit.

DTE said the plants together generated about 25 percent of electricity produced by the utility in 2015 or enough to power 900,000 homes.

The utility said affected workers will end up offered jobs at other DTE facilities.

Earlier this year, DTE retired three coal generating units. The utility said it will replace them with a mix of newer, more modern sources such as wind, natural gas and solar.

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