What does the early closure of JH Campbell plant mean for West Michigan?

PORT SHELDON TWP. — Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest electric company, announced a plan last week to close its coal power plants by 2025 and source nearly all its energy from “clean” sources by 2040. 

The timeline, if approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, would move up the closure of the J.H. Campbell Generating Plant in Port Sheldon Township by 15 years.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest electric company, announced a plan to close its coal power plants by 2025. 
If approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, the plan would move up the closure of the J.H. Campbell Generating Plant in Port Sheldon Township by 15 years.

While environmental activists are pleased with Consumers’ announcement, local officials are adjusting to a timeline which will be a major change for the community. The plant is the largest source of tax revenue for Port Sheldon Township and the Grand Haven Area Public School District. 

Those tax payments will not disappear completely and the property where the plant sits at 17000 Croswell St. will remain valuable, but officials will need to begin planning for the repercussions.