Mich. coal plant proposals get negative reviews

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Public Service Commission is giving negative reviews to proposals for two coal-fired power plants.

Commission staffers said Tuesday that Wolverine Power Cooperative has failed to show a need for the plant it wants to build in Rogers City.

In a separate report, the staffers also say Consumers Energy hasn't made the case for a new coal plant near Bay City unless some of the company's existing power generation is taken offline.

Both analyses were submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which will decide whether to issue air quality permits needed for the plants to be built.

Spokesman Robert McCann says the department will review the Public Service Commission reports and hopes to decide about both plants by year's end.