Today, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) officially approved DTE Energy’s Certificate of Necessity request for an estimated $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County.    The mission of the Michigan Public Service Commission is to protect the public by ensuring safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for Michigan's residents.

“This is welcome news for all of St. Clair County – and all of Michigan. The new, cleaner natural gas power plant will create hundreds of jobs and provide additional revenue that we can put toward improving our roads, schools and other essential services. With three coal-fired plants scheduled to retire, we need the affordable, reliable energy that natural gas plants provide. This $1 billion investment is a significant boost to our community and helps assure continued job growth while ensuring we can meet our state’s energy needs,” said St. Clair County Commissioner, Jeff Bohm.  

 “Our township has enjoyed a strong relationship with DTE over the years,” said East China Township Supervisor Larry Simons.  “This project is going to strengthen the economic vitality of the region and township and enable us to continue to provide critical services to our residents.  We look forward to being proactive partners with DTE and its contractors during the construction process.”

The 1,100-megawatt power plant will be located in East China Township, and when complete, will provide power for 850,000 homes.  This project is expected to create more than 500 full-time construction jobs and is another step in the company’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by the early 2020s and more than 80 percent by 2050. 

Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, CEO, Dan Casey shared, “We are thrilled that this proposed plant has secured critical state regulatory approval and is one step closer to reality.  An infrastructure project and investment of this size and nature not only benefits the families and communities of St. Clair County with affordable, reliable and cleaner energy for generations to come, it boosts and sustains economic growth locally and for our entire region and state.”