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Utility Picks Company To Decommission Power Plants

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JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy has selected an engineering and project management company to decommission three coal-fired power plants in Michigan.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. announced Thursday that AMEC will handle the work at seven power-producing units at the plants.

Consumers Energy earlier announced plans to close and demolish the B.C. Cobb plant on Muskegon Lake as well as coal-fired units at its J.R. Whiting facility near Luna Pier in Monroe County and the Karn/Weadock complex near Bay City on the Saginaw Bay.

Consumers Energy plans to shut the units by April 2016.

The units being decommissioned represent about 950 megawatts of electric capacity. Consumers Energy recently announced a plan to purchase a 540 megawatt natural-gas power plant in Jackson to partially offset the planned coal-fired shutdowns.

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