Consumers Energy announced in December 2011 that it is cancelling the development of the 830-megawatt clean coal power plant that it had planned to have in operation in 2017.
The company is cancelling the new clean coal plant project because of the same market factors that led it to defer development of the project in May 2010. Those primarily are reduced customer demand for electricity due to the recession and slow economic recovery, surplus generating capacity in the Midwest market, and lower natural gas prices linked to expanded shale gas supplies. Lower natural gas prices make new coal-fired power plants less economically attractive. News Release