As part of our commitment to leaving Michigan better than we found it, we’ve taken the next step in offsetting the “Classic Seven” plant retirements by assuming ownership of a 542-megawatt natural gas-fueled plant in Jackson.
Rather than building a new plant, we agreed to put Michigan first by purchasing the Jackson Generating Station in December 2015 — a choice that saved customers about $500 million. In addition to the purchase price savings, the Jackson plant — which started commercial operation in 2002 — provides efficiency, flexibility and a high-availability track record.
The plant burns natural gas — a cleaner fuel source with lower emissions — to power seven General Electric combustion turbines. Those turbines exhaust to heat-recovery steam generators that create steam to run two steam turbine generators and produce electricity.
“This flexible combination allows efficient, fast start-ups and rapid power output changes,” said Steve Wawro, Jackson Generating Station Asset Manager, who will oversee operations. “The plant has maintained excellent safety and operational performance, and will help us continue to meet the state’s energy needs while minimizing the impact on the environment and keeping jobs in Michigan.”
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Natural Gas:
- Natural gas is lighter than air
- Natural gas emits nearly 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal when burned
- Natural gas changes from gas to liquid at -260 degrees Fahrenheit
- Natural gas comprises almost one-fourth of all primary energy used in the U.S.
- Natural gas supports the employment of nearly 3 million Americans
Learn more about natural gas at www.aga.org