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Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - Midland MI

Address: 100 E Progress Pl
City: Midland
State: MI
Zip: 48640
County: Midland
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This entry is to document the planned nuclear power plant in Midland initiated by Consumers Power back in the 1960's thru the 1980's.

The 267 million dollar plant was announced as early as 1967, with a plan of having it online by 1975. Many years would pass before there was any real progress. There was an anti-trust action filed against Consumers Power in 1978 or so that held things up. That resulted in a settlement in which competitor energy firms could buy in to the planned nuclear plant. Sadly, this would end up being a poor investment as this plant almost brought Consumers to bankruptcy as you will read.

The next chapter is a filing with the Public Service Commission to get a rate increase to help finance the plant in 1983, so clearly the project timeline was already well behind, probably due to economic factors and the regulatory hurdles related to building a nuclear plant. By July 1984, the plant construction was well underway but was halted, this effectively ended the plan to build a nuclear plant. This was due to funding issues and opposition from the general public. Since the Three Mile Island incident in March of 1979, nuclear plants had fallen out of favor with many in the public. Increased safety regulations resulting from that accident also increased costs.

By 1985, another rate increase was granted to cover the $3.1 billion needed to recover costs of the failed project. This was rejected so the request was reduced to $2.1 billion. By 1987, the Cogeneration Venture was established in order to build a conventional gas power plant on the site. By 1990 this plant was online and producing. It's quite something how much cheaper and faster a gas plant can be built.

Consumers ends the financial stabilization rate increase after collecting $434 million of the project's cost. A judge later proposes Consumers should recover $1.3 billion which results in CMS (Consumers parent company) taking a $486 million dollar write-off. The Midland Cogeneration Venture gas plant lived happily ever after and is producing power still as of 2022.

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Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - 2022 PHOTO OF EXISTING GAS PLANT ON SITE OF PLANNED NUCLEAR (newer photo)
2022 PHOTO OF EXISTING GAS PLANT ON SITE OF PLANNED NUCLEAR (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - DEC 1967 ANNOUNCEMENT WITH RENDERING (newer photo)
DEC 1967 ANNOUNCEMENT WITH RENDERING (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - DEC 15 1967 CONSUMERS ANNOUNCES PLANT (newer photo)
DEC 15 1967 CONSUMERS ANNOUNCES PLANT (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - OCTOBER 1977 OPPOSITION TO PLANT (newer photo)
OCTOBER 1977 OPPOSITION TO PLANT (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JAN 1978 MONOPOLY ISSUES (newer photo)
JAN 1978 MONOPOLY ISSUES (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JULY 1978 AGREEMENT IS REACHED ON CO-OWNERSHIP (newer photo)
JULY 1978 AGREEMENT IS REACHED ON CO-OWNERSHIP (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - SEPT 1978 - MANY SUPPORTED THE PLANT (newer photo)
SEPT 1978 - MANY SUPPORTED THE PLANT (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JULY 1983 DELAYS (newer photo)
JULY 1983 DELAYS (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JUNE 1983 QUESTIONS ABOUT SAFETY (newer photo)
JUNE 1983 QUESTIONS ABOUT SAFETY (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - APRIL 1984 - OPPOSING VIEWS (newer photo)
APRIL 1984 - OPPOSING VIEWS (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - DEC 1984 CREDITORS MAKE MOVES (newer photo)
DEC 1984 CREDITORS MAKE MOVES (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JAN 1984 OPPOSITION TO PLANT (newer photo)
JAN 1984 OPPOSITION TO PLANT (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JULY 1984 REPERCUSSIONS FROM CANCELLATION (newer photo)
JULY 1984 REPERCUSSIONS FROM CANCELLATION (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JULY 1984 THE END (newer photo)
JULY 1984 THE END (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JULY 1984 CONSUMERS TAKES A HIT (newer photo)
JULY 1984 CONSUMERS TAKES A HIT (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JUNE 1984 LOCAL LEADERS EXPRESS FRUSTRATION (newer photo)
JUNE 1984 LOCAL LEADERS EXPRESS FRUSTRATION (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - DEC 1985 PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM CONSUMERS (newer photo)
DEC 1985 PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM CONSUMERS (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - JULY 1989 GAS PLANT CONVERSION (newer photo)
JULY 1989 GAS PLANT CONVERSION (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - MAY 1991 COURT CASES ENDING (newer photo)
MAY 1991 COURT CASES ENDING (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - 1954 AERIAL OF LAND PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION (newer photo)
1954 AERIAL OF LAND PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - 1982 AERIAL PLANT IN PROGRESS (newer photo)
1982 AERIAL PLANT IN PROGRESS (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - 2022 AERIAL (newer photo)
2022 AERIAL (newer photo)
Midland Nuclear Power Plant (Cancelled) - PLANT IN DISTANCE FROM OVERLOOK PARK (newer photo)
PLANT IN DISTANCE FROM OVERLOOK PARK (newer photo)
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