Will Palisades nuclear plant closing dim our lights?

December 8, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - When Entergy Corp. announced it would close its nuclear power plant near Covert on Thursday, Dec. 8, it renewed a debate over Michigan's ability to keep its lights on.

Consumers Energy, which had an agreement to buy power from the plant it sold to Entergy through 2022, claimed it would save its customers about $177 million by ending the agreement four years earlier.

But will there be enough power to replace the 811 megawatts produced by the plant, located along Lake Michigan's shoreline six miles south of South Haven and 45 miles west of Kalamazoo?

Consumers Energy and DTE closed several power plant closings in Muskegon, Essexville and elsewhere this year. Other municipal power plants are scheduled to close or be replaced in Holland and Lansing next year.

Consumers Energy executives, who brought Palisades online in 1971 and sold it to Entergy in 2007, argued the closing will not affect the load demand for its customers.

"We have a comprehensive plan to ensure ongoing reliability and affordability for our 1.8 million electric customers," said Patti Poppe, president and chief executive officer for Consumers Energy in a statement when the closing was announced...

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