Michigan environmental regulators have extended a permit that allows the West Michigan coastal town of Holland to expand its coal-burning power plant. The city will have another 18 months to explore energy options, and to begin construction.
Under the Granholm Administration, the state originally denied both this permit and a permit for Wolverine Power to build a new coal-fired power plant in Rogers City.
Environmentalists argue new coal plants are not necessary in Michigan.
Last spring, two county judges said that wasn’t a good enough reason for the state to deny the permits and the Snyder Administration did not appeal the rulings.
Neither the Rogers City plant nor the Holland expansion has been built.