First, the official plan to authorize another coal-burner:
Proposed funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation standards in Michigan released today are a step forward, but do not achieve Gov. Jennifer Granholm's stated vision of producing the bold 21st Century energy plan the state needs.
The Public Service Commission's proposal, which includes a roadmap to a new coal-fired power plant prepaid by ratepayers and improvements in efficiencies and renewable energy, does not do enough to stabilize electricity costs, protect the environment and public health, or move the state toward energy.
Second, a rumor of yet another near Midland:
Dow, Dow Corning and HSC are in secret discussions with a developer and the
state to build a large coal-fired power plant. They are pushing for "fast track"
permitting and avoidance of advanced mercury emissions controls as well as bypassing Public Service Commission
rules to allow private transport of electricity across public roads.
Just a rumor, you have to hope.