Consumers Energy Awards Contract to Decommission Oldest Coal Plants
JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 13, 2014
JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy has selected
AMEC, with Michigan offices in Novi and Traverse City, to represent the
company as the owner's engineer for the decommissioning program for the
planned retirement of seven operating units at the utility's three oldest
coal-fired generating plants. AMEC, an international engineering and project
management company, has extensive experience with power plant decommissioning.
"We're pleased to retain AMEC for this major project given its experience and
resources to help us plan the retirement of power plants that have served our
customers so well for more than half a century," said Dennis Dobbs, vice
president of generation engineering and services for Consumers Energy. "As
part of our commitment to Pure Michigan Business Connect, we're pleased to
award this project to a company with an established Michigan presence."
The power plants being decommissioned have an average operating life-span of
more than 60 years with seven operating units, which Consumers Energy plans to
retire by April 2016. The units are located at the Karn/Weadock complex in
Essexville; the J.R. Whiting site in Erie; and the B.C. Cobb site in Muskegon.
Collectively, the seven units being decommissioned represent approximately 950
megawatts of electric capacity. Consumers Energy recently announced its plan
to purchase a 540 megawatt natural-gas power plant in Jackson to partially
offset the planned retirements.
"AMEC will provide sound technical, engineering, and managerial talent to help
ensure the best value is delivered to our customers," said Keith Welcher,
Consumers Energy's decommissioning program manager.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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Contact: Consumers Energy, Dan Bishop, 517/788-2395 or Terry DeDoes,
517/374-2159; AMEC: Lauren Gallagher, 602/757-3211
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