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Consumers' BC Cobb coal-fired plant shutting down Friday


Consumers Energy says the B.C. Cobb power plant in Muskegon is shutting down Friday after it burns the last of its coal that's on site.

The utility's spokesman Roger Morgenstern tells The Muskegon Chronicle there's "not much coal on the pile" after its last shipment in November.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit said last month it was on track to close its seven oldest Michigan coal-fired plants this spring, including B.C. Cobb units 4 and 5.

The seven plants are capable of generating nearly 1,000 megawatts of electricity.

Consumers Energy says power generated by the Jackson Gas Plant will replace power from the seven plants and it will continue to invest in renewable energy.

The shutdowns will leave Consumers Energy with five coal-fired plants in the state.

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