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J.H. Campbell Complex Retirement

Campbell Complex Retirement Begins for a Better Future

As part of our mission to become a cleaner, leaner and flexible energy company, we’re officially retiring our J.H. Campbell Complex beginning in early 2024. This will allow us to get closer to end coal use by 2025, lower our carbon footprint, and add more renewable energy for us to deliver. 

A Look Back at the Campbell Complex


The Complex’s History

The J.H. Campbell Complex began operating in 1962 and generates up to 1,450 megawatts of electricity – enough to serve a million people! The 2000-acre facility was named after James H. Campbell who was a former company president from 1960 to 1972. 

Community Around the Complex

The complex has many recreational features including its jetties, which ensure there’s enough water flow to cool the water supply. Both homeowners and boaters use this channel to access Lake Michigan. There’s also a mile-long public boardwalk with platforms and public access available for fishing and recreational activities.

Maintaining the Complex’s Features

We plan to keep these recreation features a priority as we plan for the complex’s retirement. We’re working with the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and the Department of Natural Resources to figure out a way to keep these features around.

Complex Retirement Timeline


  • 2021 - 2024

    The J.H. Campbell Complex will be prepared for full retirement.

  • 2024 - 2026

    The complex will officially go into retirement with an aim to go cold and dark after 2025.

  • 2026 and On

    The complex will be demolished with a plan to restore the site over time. 

Our Just Transition Process


We’re committed to a Just Transition for co-workers, communities and the planet while we’re leading Michigan’s clean energy transformation. Our Just Transition process ensures that as we transform over to clean energy, we protect those that are affected by the closure and removal of coal plants.

For employees, we’ll find new roles for those who want to stay. For communities, we’ll help local leaders pursue new economic futures while fulfilling our environmental responsibilities at the sites.

For proof that we’ll keep our promises, look no further than the progress made with the seven coal-fired units we retired in 2016. These are known as the “Classic Seven.” Closing these units was the first major step in our journey away from coal. From our Classic Seven experience, we created a three-step Just Transition process for the future:

Our Transition Process

If you’d like to learn more about our Just Transition process, please click the button below. 

Complex Retirement and the Clean Energy Plan


While retiring the complex will help us get closer to our coal-free goal in 2025, it’ll help us accomplish our Clean Energy Plan too. Below are the impacts we can expect over the next two decades as we transition from coal to renewable power: 

Less CO2 Emissions

CO2 emissions will be reduced by more than 73 million tons - the equivalent of taking 12.4 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Reduction of Pollutant Emissions

There will be less pollutant emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), mercury and particulate matter.

Less Water Waste

More than 220 billion gallons of water will not go to waste each year.

Elimination of Coal Ash Waste

More than three million cubic yards of coal ash waste will be eliminated.  

More Renewable Energy Sources

Thousands of megawatts of wind and solar energy will be added through 2040.

The Future of the Complex


We’re currently working together with the community to talk about the future use of the Campbell site. It’s important for us to continue to commit to provide clean and affordable in Michigan, so our plans of the site will incorporate our mission. This includes making sure we meet Michigan’s energy needs in the future.

We plan to support the employees and communities affected by complex’s retirement by finding new roles for those who want to stay, helping local leaders pursue new economic futures and fulfilling our environmental responsibilities at the site.

Do You Have Questions?

If you have any questions about the J.H. Campbell Complex retirement, please email us at POBoxJHCampbellRetirement@cmsenergy.com.