Consumers Energy inks $19 million contract to clean up coal-fired power plants

Consumers Energy signed a $19 million contract with Moran Iron Works, a manufacturer in Northeast Michigan, for the fabrication of clean-air equipment for the utility’s coal-fired power plants.

The agreement is part of Consumers Energy’s participation in Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), a public-private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), which connects Michigan companies with opportunities to help them grow and expand.

The new contract covers flue gas ductwork for Consumers Energy’s J.H. Campbell Complex Unit 3, the utility’s largest coal-fired generating plant located in West Olive. Moran Iron Works has previously provided emissions equipment for J.H. Campbell Units 1 and 2, and for D.E. Karn Units 1 and 2, near Essexville.

Michigan’s air quality is the best it’s been in more than 20 years according to a recent public statement by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Consumers Energy’s decision to hire a Michigan supplier for this work has allowed Moran Iron Works to expand its metal fabrication operations and create up to 75 new jobs.

This work has helped cultivate the only Michigan fabricator capable of supplying components of this magnitude to the energy sector. Moran Iron Works, which currently has 98 employees, previously received contracts from Consumers Energy and its vendors totaling about $43 million for other clean-air equipment projects.

Consumers Energy has doubled to $500 million its commitment to purchase Michigan-made goods and services over five years, from 2011-2016. The utility’s commitment to increase its business contracts with Michigan companies is in addition to the $2 billion annually it now spends in the state.

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