Michigan regulators approve plan to phase out coal-fired power plants

Proposal approved Friday

The Public Service Commission OK'd Consumers Energy's proposal Friday.
The Public Service Commission OK'd Consumers Energy's proposal Friday.

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan regulators have approved a major utility's plan to phase out its coal-fired power plants and rely increasingly on renewable power sources and efficiency to provide electricity.

The Public Service Commission OK'd Consumers Energy's proposal Friday.

As part of the plan, the Jackson-based utility will retire two units near Bay City in 2023. Three remaining generators would close between 2031 and 2040.