Consumers Energy wants to buy a power plant fired by natural gas to help replace the energy produced by the Palisades nuclear plant.
Consumers hopes the state will approve an agreement it has with Entergy, which owns Palisades, to close the nuclear plant near South Haven in 2018. Michigan’s Public Service Commission has until August to make that call.
Consumers says it’ll save customers money by closing Palisades. But it has to figure out how to replace all that energy.
Consumers spokesman Brian Wheeler says natural gas could be a big part of the plan.