Wolverine Power Cooperative
The Wolverine Clean Energy Venture is a consortium of six Michigan power cooperatives. Its Wolverine Clean Energy Venture plant – which was proposed to comprise two 300 megawatt (MW) power generation units - was cancelled in May 2010.
The members of the cooperative are
- Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Grawn, Michigan
- Great Lakes Energy, Boyne City, Michigan
- HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Portland, Michigan
- Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, Onaway, Michigan
- Spartan Renewable Energy, Cadillac, Michigan
- Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative, Cadillac, Michigan
On May 21, 2010 it was announced that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) denied Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative’s air quality Permit to Install application. The decision followed a review of the permit application under state and federal law.
“We in Rogers City are profoundly grateful for this decision,” Jean Veselenak, a resident of Rogers City said in a statement. “The cost of Wolverine coal would have meant diminished health, diminished economy, and great injury to our environment which sustains our lives. Wolverine must now put its head to the real thing; wind, solar; and new technology that already exists in Michigan. Our families deserve these jobs and their health after long promises.”
- Citizens for Environmental Inquiry, Tom Karas, logman39 [at] hotmail.com
- Michigan Sierra Club, Gayle Miller, gayle.miller [at] sierraclub.org
- Environment Michigan, info [at] environmentmichigan.org
Citizen groups make video about plant
Citizen groups have created a video about the costs Wolverine Power Cooperative members are paying in their electricity bills for the cooperatives to fund carbon capture and clean coal research projects like Wolverine Clean Energy Venture, saying members pay both the construction costs and, later, higher energy prices. The video urges co-op members to vote for board of directors that reflect customer and member interests.
Wolverine Power Cooperative is a member of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), an umbrella lobbying group for all coal ash interests that includes major coal burners Duke Energy, Southern Company and American Electric Power as well as dozens of other companies. The group argues that the so-called "beneficial-use industry" would be eliminated if a "hazardous" designation was given for coal ash waste.
10125 W. Watergate Rd.
P.O. Box 229
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: (231) 775-5700
Fax: (231) 775-2077
- Community Lines, newsletter published by Wolverine Power Cooperative, Fall 2006. (Pdf)
- Wolverine Power Cooperative, Wolverine Power Cooperative website, accessed January 2009.
- "Wolverine power plant permit denied" Eartha Melzer, The Michigan Messenger, May 21, 2010.
- Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash DeSmogBlog.com & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.
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