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Consumers Energy wants you to foot unbuilt power plant bill

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Consumers Energy is asking you, the customer, to foot the bill after deciding against building a coal-fired plant in our viewing area.

After putting $22 million into the plant, Consumers pulled out of the project. Now the company wants to raise customer rates to cover the expenses. The $2.3 billion plant in Hampton Township was supposed to create 1,800 temporary jobs and another 100 permanent jobs.

Tonight, TV5 asks Consumers the Tough Questions – why should customers pay for a plant that doesn't exist? Watch Liz Gelardi's report with Consumers response by clicking on the video above.

Meanwhile, the list of the nation's dirtiest power plants was released Thursday, and Consumers was on it twice.

The J.H. Campbell plant, between Holland and Grand Haven, came in fifth and the Karn-Weadock power generating plant in Bay County came in eighth for the dirties plants in the U.S.

On the plus side, the report states overall power plant toxic emissions have declined over the past decade.

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