$100M Power Plan Planned For Michigan

Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a more than $100 million natural gas-fueled power plant in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

ELMIRA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a more than $100 million natural gas-fueled power plant in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

Cadillac-based Wolverine announced Wednesday the electric generating facility is planned for Otsego County's Elmira Township, west of Gaylord. Wolverine says the Alpine Power Plant, if approved, will be built with existing funds and will have little, if any, effect on rates.

The company says the nearly 170-acre site for the plant was chosen, in part, because of the convergence of existing interstate natural gas pipelines and high-voltage electric transmission lines on the property. Wolverine wants to start construction next year.

The plans need state and local approval.

Wolverine says the new plant could begin operations in 2016. Wolverine provides power to six Michigan electric cooperatives.

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