Consumers Energy Nears Completion of $250M in Plant Upgrades


tConsumers Energy officials announced today it has nearly completed a $250-million technology upgrade at its largest power plant — the Karn/Weadock complex in Essexville, near Bay City. The project puts the utility ahead of schedule in meeting clean air standards for mercury and air toxins due April 16.

tOfficials say the utility is utilizing state-of-the-art spray dry absorption technology that is expected to achieve 95 percent removal of sulfur dioxide and other acid gases from the flue gas emissions.

tConsumer Energy provides energy to 1.8 million homes and businesses,” says Dennis Dobbs, vice president of generation engineering and services. “This project helps to provide the energy Michigan needs and protect Michigan's environment.”

tHe adds the Karn plant accounts for about 25 percent of the energy generated by the company.

tOverall, construction for the project has averaged about 200 jobs, with contractors coming from local businesses including Moran Iron Works, Barton Malow, and Conti Electric.