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Consumers Energy May Terminate Case for New Gas Plant

Consumers Energy has sought and received a schedule change in its Certificate of Necessity case (U-17429) at the Michigan Public Service Commission. The reason given in its November 12 filing is the need to evaluate proposals from third parties seeking to sell existing gas-fired generating facilities to the company. The company is "considering an update to the filed cost estimates for the Thetford Plant" by the December 9 deadline set by statute. Perhaps more surprisingly, the company suggested it might withdraw its filing altogether, stating the purpose was: "… ultimately to determine if the company wishes to continue to pursue the CON for the Thetford Plant."

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Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum
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Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

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