OPPOSITION: Governor Jennifer Granholm; Sierra Club
BACKGROUND: In 2002, the City of Escanaba, Michigan began researching alternatives to its aging coal and oil-fired power plant. In November 2006, the City partnered with a local utility to study the feasibility of constructing a 300 megawatt coal plant for just under $500 million. In May 2007, an advisory committee suggested that the City delay the project due to high costs, excess capacity, and regulatory uncertainty.
Sierra Club lists the Escanaba Plant as a “victory” on its “Stopping the Coal Rush” website.
SOURCES: http://www.sargentlundy.com/pdf/NewsReleaseEscanaba.pdf http://www.theoec.org/pdfs/AmpOhio/WIPublicPowerdropsConventionalCoal.pdf
LAST UPDATED: November 24, 2010