Everyone should be aware that dozens of opposition groups (most recent example below) which have formed to fight one of the ugly sides of utility deregulation. There are rumored ( no one knows for sure how many) to be 20-40 CNG merchant power plants in different stages of speculative development around the state. The attached spreadsheet shows some of the new plants we know about. These plants when constructed will represent around 50% of our current generating capacity(more than anyone has projected that we actually need). Because of dereg there is no one at the state level which has any idea what is going on here(the Public Service Commission has no jurisdiction over this). The state has no siting policy for these plants, no need justification, no brownfield siting requirements and simply doesn't seem to care whether Michigan becomes Chicago, Ohio and Windsors power source. Needless to say, there is also no guarantee that any of this power is actually going to used in Michigan. For instance, many of these plants proposed for SW Michigan will primarily feed Chicago. Finally, nearly everyone of these propossed plants has significant opposition from local residents. Its time for the state in intervene in this madness! The state needs to establish some sort of siting criterea for these plants or we will face major problems in the years ahead. Jeff Gearhart +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Check out Citizens Against the Proposed Substation (CAPS) http://www.electrocuted.com/CAPS Consumers has proposed to instal a substation on 80 acres of prime famrland in Deerfield Township, Lanewa county. The instalation of a substation is the first step towards bringing a power plant to this location(the site is already near major gas pipelines). It is rumored that Panda Energy out of Texas has already expressed some interest in locating a plant at this location. The farmland is also enrolled in the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program and would require the county and state(Ag Dept) to release the land for the project to go forward. Consumers is requesting the the County and State release the land from the program so that the development can go forward. More Details: Consumers Energy proposes to construct a new 345kV to 138kV stepdown substation (tentatively called Lenawee Substation) in Deerfield Township, Lenawee County. Connecting the 138kV transmission system to the 345kV system via this new substation will provide an additional source of bulk power into the area, thereby reducing the possiblity of low voltage or loss of service during certain outage conditions. This new substation should be located as close as practicable to the crossing of an existing 345kV line, which presently connects First Energy Corporation in Ohio to Detroit Edison's, and two Consumers Energy 138kV lines which now serve this area. Initially, this substation would be constructed to accomodate two 345kV circuits and four 138kV circuits and will include a stepdown transformer and associated circuit breakers. Space will be provided to ultimately allow the addition of two additional 345kV circuits and four additional 138kV lines as well as associated substation equipment. Help out Today! The County Commissioners will be meeting on Nov 7 to consider releasing the farmland from the Preservation program. Call the Lenawee County County Commissioners at (517-264-4507) or e-mail your concerns to Rich Harlow (HARLOWR@state.mi.us) and tell them that this development is unnecessary at this site and will destroy prime farm land.
_________________ Jeff Gearhart Campaign Director Ecology Center 117 N. Division Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734)663-2400 x117 (734)663-2414 fx. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ecocenter.org Take the Clean Car Pledge at http://www.cleancarcampaign.org