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Deadline passes for Rogers City power plant grant

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A crucial deadline has passed for a large grant that would be used toward a special project at a proposed coal-fired power plant in Rogers City.

Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative has been waiting more than two-years on an air quality permit needed to construct the plant.  The company had hoped to hear back from the Department of Natural Resources and Energy (DNRE) by Thursday, the deadline to file an application for a U.S. Department of Energy grant that could be as much as $150-million. 

The grant would be used for a state-of-the-art carbon dioxide project at the proposed plant that would capture more Co2 emissions.

Ken Bradstreet of Wolverine said the company did not hear back on the air quality permit Thursday, but the company will still file the grant application with the feds.  The air quality permit is considered vital to the grant process and Bradstreet said without it, the company likely will not receive an award.

Wolverine will send an amendment into the federal government if the air permit is approved in the near future to make their grant application more attractive.