MPSC Green Lights Natural Gas Plant

Michigan’s energy future is looking brighter, cleaner, and more reliable—thanks to the decision by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to issue a Certificate of Necessity for a new, state-of-the-art natural gas plant in St. Clair County.

The Certificate of Necessity comes after a thorough review by the MPSC to ensure the new plant meets efficiency and cost-effectiveness requirements.

A Win for Keeping Michigan’s Energy Strategy Based in Michigan

Out-of-state groups like California-based Vote Solar and other special interests put pressure on the MPSC over the past several weeks to deny the Certificate of Necessity.   These groups flooded Michigan media with misinformation, but the MPSC made their decision with Michigan and Michiganders in mind—aligning with our state’s bipartisan energy plan that was designed specifically for Michigan’s climate, geography, energy infrastructure, and consumers’ energy needs.

Complementing and Strengthening Renewables

Natural gas is already an important part of our state’s energy mix, and for good reason: with the most underground natural storage capacity in the nation, Michigan is uniquely suited to benefit from natural gas as a fuel source. The role it plays will continue to increase as our state—and the entire Midwest—continues to decommission older, coal-fired plants and work toward a cleaner energy future.

Natural gas not only releases roughly 50 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than coal, but it provides an important and necessary complement to renewable forms of energy, like wind and solar.

These forms of energy are a valuable part of our energy mix, but they are intermittent—the sun isn’t always shining and the wind isn’t always blowing. That means renewables must be balanced with the kind of 24/7 power that natural gas can provide. The St. Clair natural gas plant is key to helping us strike this important balance.

The decision to move forward with this project is the next logical step in Michigan charting its own energy future and securing the cleaner, more reliable energy future we all want.

We’ll keep you posted as things progress with Michigan’s newest natural gas plant. In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions about this vital project. Please email us at