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The Detroit News:

Consumers Energy proposed on Wednesday to stop using coal as a fuel source for electricity by 2025 and instead purchase existing natural gas power plants to provide reliable energy during the transition.

The proposal is part of a 20-year plan from the subsidiary of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. that requires regulatory approval. It would end the use of coal 15 years ahead of schedule and make the company one of the first to go coal-free. The overall plan is expected to save customers $650 million through 2040.

“We are proud to lead Michigan’s clean energy transformation and be one of the first utilities in the country to end coal use,” Consumers Energy CEO Garrick Rochow said in a statement. “We are committed to being a force of change and good stewards of our environment, producing reliable, affordable energy for our customers while caring for our communities during this transition.”

If approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, the updated plan from Michigan’s largest energy provider would speed the closure of three coal-fired units at the Campbell generating complex near Holland. Campbell 1 and 2, collectively capable of producing more than 600 megawatts of electricity, would be retired in 2025 — roughly six years sooner than scheduled. Campbell 3, capable of generating 840 MW, would also be retired in 2025 — roughly 15 years sooner.

[Breana Noble]

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