DTE Energy has submitted plans to build a $1 billion natural gas power plant in St. Clair County.
According to the company, they have filed a certificate of necessity with the Michigan Public Service Comission to build the plant on existing DTE property in East China Township.
DTE says the plant will provide affordable and reliable power for 850,000 homes beginning in 2022.
Scheduled to break ground in 2019, the company had to file the certificate of necessity with the MPSC due to Michigan's 2008 energy law.
The MPSC has 270 days to review the company's request and respond to it. If approved, it would be the most efficient power plant in Michigan.
“Natural gas-fired plants will be a critical part of our power generation capacity in the decades ahead,” DTE Electric President and COO Trevor Lauer said in a release. “Natural gas significantly reduces carbon, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions, offers an affordable and abundant domestic supply, is easy to transport and provides a reliable 24/7 power source for our 2.2 million customers.”