Sen. Nofs supports commission decision to green-light new power plant

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued its final ruling Friday on a request by DTE Energy to build a 1,100-megawatt natural gas power generation facility in St. Clair County.

The decision will provide DTE with the required Certificate of Necessity to move forward with construction.

Senator Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, chairman of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, supported the commission’s decision.

“I applaud the commission for their thorough work and approval of DTE’s Certificate of Necessity for a new natural gas power plant,” Nofs said.

The Legislature created the framework for the Certificate of Necessity back in 2008 and refined it in a bipartisan 2016 energy law. Nofs said it sets a rigorous and transparent process for evaluating projects to ensure Michigan’s families and businesses have the best, most efficient, and most affordable option for power generation available to them.

“The 2016 energy law was made possible by the collaboration of policymakers, the business and environmental communities and concerned citizens,” Nofs said. “It has only been in effect for a little over a year and has already had success. I look forward to continued infrastructure transformation and investment in the future.”

The new power plant would provide a cleaner source of energy and use some of the most efficient power generation technology available today. It will replace three coal-fired plants, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions while providing reliable around-the-clock power. The plant will create 500 construction jobs and 35 operational jobs.

“I was pleased to see that there were over 50 integrated resource planning scenarios produced as a part of this process and that numerous residents and energy stakeholders participated to ensure the proposal was studied from all angles,” Nofs said.