Consumers Energy Moving Rapidly to Clean Michigan's Air -- Nearing Completion
of $250 Million Project
200 Construction Jobs at Company's Largest Power Plant
ESSEXVILLE, Mich., Aug. 26, 2014
ESSEXVILLE, Mich., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Michigan's progress on
cleaner airis making a big jump forward as Consumers Energy rapidly completes
a $250 million technology upgrade at the Karn/Weadock complex, its largest
"We're cleaning Michigan's air, putting people to work and providing reliable
energy for customers," said Dennis Dobbs, Consumers Energy's vice president of
generation engineering and services. "That's all part of our Promise to
provide you the energy you need, whenever you need it."
"As part of our commitment to Pure Michigan Business Connect to strengthen our
state's economy, this project has averaged 200 building trades jobs during
construction," said Dobbs. Moran Iron Works, Barton Malow and Conti Electric
are examples of local and Michigan contractors supporting clean air work at
The project puts Consumers Energy ahead of schedule in meeting clean air
standards for mercury and air toxins by April 16, 2015 for the Karn plant,
which accounts for about 25 percent of the energy generated by the company.
Consumers Energy is utilizing a proven, state of the art spray dry absorption
technology that is highly reliable and cost effective in meeting the new clean
"1.8 million homes and businesses expect us to provide safe, reliable,
affordable and increasingly clean energy. This project helps to provide the
energy Michigan needs and protect Michigan's environment," said Dobbs.
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.
oKarn Unit 1's Spray Dry Absorber is in start-up operation
oIt's expected to achieve 95% removal of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other
acid gases from the flue gas emissions
oKarn Unit 2's Spray Dry Absorber will be commissioned in the first quarter
oThe SDAs include lime processing and byproduct handling systems for
control of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions
oThe technology has an economic life targeted at 30 years
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