Coal-Fired Plants in Michigan
Belle River
Location: MI
Operator: Detroit Edison Co
Configuration: 2 X 698 MW
Operation: 1984
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Allis Chalmers Power Systems
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA), owns 18.6% of Belle River. In 1981, Detroit Edison agreed to maintain part of the 2,200ac site specifically for wildlife preservation: this was certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council in 1996. Belle River has also received ISO 14001 certification. The plant celebrated its 25th anniversary on 11 Oct 2010 having produced over 215 TWh of electricity over that period. The boiler buildings are 257ft in height and the stacks are 665ft tall.

Photograph courtesy of Detroit Edison Co
Re-posted 25 Nov 2009

BC Cobb
Location: MI
Operator: CMS Generation
Configuration: 3 X 60 MW, 2 X 160 MW
Operation: 1948-1957
Fuel: subbituminous coal, bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH, GE
Quick facts: The Cobb plant has a 300ac site about 1mi from Lake Michigan on the shores of Muskegon Lake. The first two units were on 28 Apr 1949. The plant is named for Bernard Capen “Burt” Cobb, a company president from 1915-34 and director from 1911-34. Cobb was the first president to succeed company founder William A Foote. UNits 4&5 burn an 80:20 mix of western and eastern coals. Units 1-3 were closed in 1990 and converted to burn natural gas in 1999/2000. They are not in regualr service. The stack is 650ft tall.

Photograph courtesy of CMS Energy
Posted 27 Jul 2013

Escanaba
Location: MI
Operator: Escanaba Electric Dept
Configuration: 2 X 12.5 MW
Operation: 1958
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: AC
EPC: B&C
Quick facts: Escanaba also has an 18-MW Frame 5 CT. The site is 120mi northest of Green Bay WI on Lake Michigan.

Photograph courtesy of Escanaba Electric Dept
Posted 27 Jul 2013

Filer City
Location: MI
Operator: CMS Generation
Configuration: 1 X 54 MW cogen
Operation: 1990
Fuel: bituminous coal, wood
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: ABB

Photograph courtesy of CMS Energy
Posted 15 Jan 2001

Harbor Beach
Location: MI
Operator: Detroit Edison Co
Configuration: 1 x 125 MW
Operation: 1968
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: RS
T/G supplier: Stal
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: Harbor Beach power station is on an 85ac parcel on the shore of Lake Huron and north of the eponymous town. It was built to supply power and voltge support to Michigan's Thumb communities. In July 2012, DTE announced plans to close the plant and the final coal was burned on 12 Nov 2013. A new transmission line to the area lessened the need for plant output and it was judged uneconomic to make required investments to meet new air quality sstandards.

Photograph by UnagiUnagi (Panoramio)
Posted 7 Dec 2013

James De Young
Location: MI
Operator: Holland Board of Public Works
Configuration: 1 X11.5 MW, 1 X 22 MW, 1 X 29 MW
Operation: 1952-1969
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: RS, CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: B&V
Quick facts: Construction on the James De Young plant began in 1939, and 7.5-MW sets were initially installed. They were retired n the 1970s. The ramaing units at the site on Lake Macatawa remain in-service for the municipal power company. Large bulk freighters bring the coal to the James De Young facility via the Great Lakes and it is bleneded at the site. Non-contact cooling water from Unit-3 runs a snow-melt system in downtown Holland.

Photograph courtesy of Holland Board of Public Works
Posted 5 Oct 2011

JH Campbell
Location: MI
Operator: CMS Generation
Configuration: 1 X 265 MW, 1 X 385 MW, 1 X 871 MW
Operation: 1962-1980
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W, FW
T/G supplier: AC, Westinghouse, GE
Quick facts: Unit-2 is supercritical.

Photograph courtesy of Consumers Energy
Posted 13 Jun 2001

Marysville
Location: MI
Operator: Detroit Edison Co
Configuration: 3 X 30 MW, 1 X 10 MW, 1 X 50 MW, 2 X 75 MW
Operation: 1922-1947 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Deroit Edison
Quick facts: Marysville was a key power station for Detorit Edison for many decades and was in service for some 80yrs in total. The 20ac site at the mouth of Bruce Creek and the St Clair River was sold in May 2014 to Commercial Development Co for demolition and re-use. For a time, the plant produced stem for Morton Salt, which was in local production up until 1980. Marysville PS was mothballed from 1988 to 1992, and then reactivated until it was finally closed in 2001. The facility was formally retird in 2012.

Photograph by Patrick Lapinski (www.inlandmariners.com)
Posted 31 May 2014

Monroe
Location: MI
Operator: Detroit Edison Co
Configuration: 2 X 817 MW, 2 X 823 MW
Operation: 1971-1974
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Deroit Edison, Townsend & Bottum
Quick facts: This is the third largest coal-fired plant in the USA. DTE Energy has invested $1.7bn over the last 10rs in new APC equipment at Monroe including B&W wet limestone FGD and three SCR systems. The FGD scrubbers on Units 3&4 were completed in Nov and Jun 2009, respectively. Engineering work is underway on two more FGD systems and a final SCR.

Photograph by Stefan Schlöhmer
Posted 29 Mar 2006

Presque Isle
Location: MI
Operator: We Energies
Configuration: 2 X 58 MW, 5 X 88 MW
Operation: 1955-1979
Fuel: bituminous coal, subbituminous coal, pet coke
Boiler supplier: RS, CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Stone & Webster, Bechtel
Quick facts: Presque Isle occupies a 65ac site on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. The $280mn, baseload plant burns about 2mn tpy of coal supplied by barge. Generating equipment was damaged by major flooding on the Dead River in May 2003 The units have all been retrofit with baghouses from Environmental Elements and Wheelabrator. The stacks are 450ft tall. Historically, Presque Isle generated 90% of the UP's electricity and also supplied the Tilden and Empire taconite mining complexes. Units 7-9 burn PRB coal and are the site of a $53mn demonstration project for the Toxecon mercury control system. This went operational in May 2006.

Photograph courtesy of We Energies
Posted 27 Oct 2007

River Rouge
Location: MI
Operator: Detroit Edison Co
Configuration: 1 X 282 MW, 1 X 293 MW, 1 X 358 MW
Operation: 1956-1958
Fuel: bituminous coal, BFG, natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE, GFE
T/G supplier: GE, WJH, Allis Chalmers
EPC: Detroit Edison Co
Quick facts: River Rouge 1&2 (260 MW ea at the time) were the world's largest generating units when commissioned.

Photograph courtesy of Detroit Edison Co
Posted 25 Nov 2009

St Clair
Location: MI
Operator: Detroit Edison Co
Configuration: 2 X 156 MW, 2 X 169 MW, 2 X 355, 1 X 545 MW
Operation: 1956-1969
Fuel: subbituminous coal, oil
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: AC, GE, WH
EPC: Detoit Edison, Townsend & Bottum
Quick facts: St Clair became the world's largest power plant when Unit-7 was commissioned in 1969.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 4 Dec 2004

TB Simon
Location: MI
Operator: Michigan State University
Configuration: 2 X 12.5 MW, 1 X 15 MW, 1 X 21 MW, 1 X 24 MW CHP
Operation: 1965-2006
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Tampella (CFB)
T/G supplier: Delaval, GE, Dresser
Quick facts: A 15-MW Solar Titan gas turbine was added in Jan 2006. The plant serves 56,000 students, faculty and support staff on a 2,000ac campus with around 85 buildings on the campus grid. The plant's maximum steam output is 1.1mn lbs/hr with average winter loads at about 650,000 lbs/hr.

Photograph courtesy of Combined Cycle Journal
Re-posted 22 Mar 2007

JB Sims 3
Location: MI
Operator: Grand Haven Board of Light & Power
Configuration: 1 X 73 MW
Operation: 1983
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Fuji Electric
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: This facility is on Harbor Island in the middle of the Grand River. Unit-3 went online in Aug 1983 and cost $88.5mn. Of this, about $25mn was invested in an ESP and a wet lime FGD system, both from B&W. About 12 shipments of coal are received per year by lake vessel and fuel burn is about 550 tpd. Sims 1&2 were both 10 MW and installed from 1959-61. These were taken offline in 1986. Sims-3 provides 95% of Grand Haven BLP’s electricity and serves 13,400 customers in Grand Haven, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Township, Robinson Township and Spring Lake Township.

Photograph courtesy of Grand Haven Board of Light & Power
Posted 10 Sep 2008

Trenton Channel 7-9
Location: MI
Operator: Detroit Edison Co
Configuration: 2 X 100 MW, 1 X 550 MW
Operation: 1949-1968
Fuel: subbituminous coal, bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Detoit Edison, Townsend & Bottum
Quick facts: The first unit at this site in southern Wayne Co came online in 1924 and six 50-MW sets were completed by 1929. They are said to be the first coal-fired generators using ESPs in the USA. These all retired in the early 1970s. Two new units were added adjacent to the old plant, now demolished, in 1949/50 and finally Unit-9 came online in 1968. This was built with a 563ft stack and a second stack of identical height was later added for the two 100-MW units.

Photograph by Fermite1 (wikipedia)
Posted 1 Feb 2014


 
JC Weadock 7&8
Location: MI
Operator: CMS Generation
Configuration: 2 X 156 MW
Operation: 1955-1958
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, Westinghouse
EPC: Commonwealth Associates
Quick facts: Weadock and the adjacent Karn plant form CMS's largest thermal plant complex.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 4 Nov 2006

JR Whiting
Location: MI
Operator: CMS Generation
Configuration: 2 X 100 MW, 1 X 125 MW
Operation: 1952-1953
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, FW
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Whiting is on an 875ac site on Lake Erie. In 2004, Whiting prduced a plant-record 2,459 GWh. The plant is named for Justin Rice Whiting, a former president from 1941-51 and board chairman of Consumers Energy from 1940-41 and 1951-56.

Photograph courtesy of CMS Energy
Re-posted 27 Jul 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 31-May-2014

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