MI mayors question proposal for billion-dollar gas plant

Published: Apr. 12, 2018 at 9:43 AM EDT
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Some Mayors from cities across Michigan submitted comments to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Wednesday regarding a proposal to build a new gas plant in St. Clair County.

Mayors from Traverse City, Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor are questioning DTE Energy’s proposal to build the new billion-dollar gas plant, which they are calling controversial.

“Clean energy is essential for Michigan’s future,” said Mayor Mark Meadows of East Lansing. “It provides thousands of jobs, saves families money on their electricity bills, and improves the health of our state. That is why we are urging the Commission to prioritize energy efficiency and renewable energy over fossil fuels.”

The MPSC is scheduled to issue a final decision on whether to grant DTE authority to build the proposed gas plant by the end of April.

A decision favoring DTE’s proposal would allow the utility to fold the cost of the new plant into customer rates.

A copy of the letter sent to MPSC can be found under related items.