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DTE Energy set to build $1bn power plant in Illinois

07 Aug 2017

DTE Energy is planning to build a $1 billion natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Illinois. 

The company has filed a certificate of necessity with the Michigan Public Service Commission seeking to build a 1,100-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in East China Township that will provide power for 850,000 homes beginning in 2022. The new plant would replace the coal-fired facility at the current site of the St. Clair Power Plant.

“This filing with the MPSC includes nearly a year of research and a competitive bidding process that determined building a natural gas-fired plant is the best solution for our customers due to many factors, including the environment, reliability and affordability,” DTE Electric President and COO Trevor F. Lauer said in a press release.

The project is scheduled to commence in 2019 and is expected to create more than 500 full-time construction jobs. Once the plant is operational, it will employ 35 full-time employees.

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