Consumers Energy to close Muskegon power plant

Consumers Energy is changing its plans for several coal burning electric plants, including the shutdown of Muskegon County's biggest taxpayer.
Dec 5, 2011


The B.C. Cobb Generating Plant is on the eastern end of Muskegon Lake. The Muskegon facility is now set to close in early 2015, along with Consumers' other small coal burning plants near Luna Pier and Bay City. 

A Consumers spokesman said it would be too costly to upgrade the Cobb Plant to meet state and federal clean air regulations. 

The Cobb Plant was built in 1948. There are 116 people working at the facility. A company spokesman said they would try to find those employees positions at other Consumers' facilities.

The Cobb Plant also pays more than $4 million in tax money to Muskegon, the county and local school districts. Much of that revenue would likely be lost.


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