Power in a pinch.
Consumers Energy uses peaking units to respond quickly to the daily, weekly and seasonal highs and lows of Michigan’s energy demand. The units also save customers money by enabling the utility to avoid the expensive spot market when customer demand exceeds the capacity of the company’s baseload plants.
The Zeeland Generating Station is an intermediate peaking plant that can be brought online quickly when customer demand sharply increases. The 930-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant is located in the city of Zeeland.
Combustion Turbine Stations, or peakers, produce electricity when needed during peak demand periods and can provide full power within 10 minutes.