TES Filer City Station Repowering

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm}} The small port City of Manistee, MI has been ground zero for Michigan's most significant coal battle in the last decade. Houston-based Tondu Corporation planned a coal facility[1] for the community in 2004, which was turned back by significant citizen opposition.[2] Citizens argued that a heavy industrial development in this beautiful area on Lake Michigan would kill off the region's tourist-heavy economy.[3]

In 2007, the company announced it was investigating converting its TES Filer City Station to IGCC, a project it estimated would cost between $200 million and $300 million. Tondu said the proposed conversion would more than double the power output of the plant, while also cutting emission levels by 50 percent. The company has not filed any permit applications to date.[4][5]

In September 2010, the Sierra Club concluded that the project had been abandoned.[6]



Project Details

Sponsor: Tondu Corp.
Location: Filer Township, Manistee County, MI
Capacity: 180 MW
Type: IGCC
Projected in service:
Status: Cancelled



  1. Tondu Pushes Clean Coal, Michigan Land Use Institute, Stephanie Rudolph, August 15, 2004.
  2. Coal Burning Plant Fires up Hot Dispute in Manistee, Michigan Land Use Institute, Jim Dulzo, February 15, 2004.
  3. Tondu Plan Unplugged, Lou Blouin, Sweetwater Alliance, April 16, 2004.
  4. "Tondu looks at 'gasification'," Traverse City Record-Eagle, October 28, 2007.
  5. "Stopping the Coal Rush," Sierra Club, accessed May 2009. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  6. "Stopping the Coal Rush," Sierra Club, accessed September 2010. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)

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