Marquette Energy Center

MARQUETTE, MI--   A power station that generates electricity for the Marquette area has burned its last pieces of coal. 

The Shiras Steam Plant in South Marquette was turned off last Friday. The Marquette Board of Light and Power instead is relying on the new Marquette Energy Center, which uses natural gas for fuel. The city-owned utility also will buy electricity from other sources.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   There's more than light coming from new electricity generators in Marquette.

Residents say they're too noisy.

The company that makes the generators will be sending representatives from Finland. Tom Carpenter of the Marquette Board of Light and Power says he's visited some Marquette Township homes and confirmed the noise. He says he doesn't have any answers yet.

The Marquette Energy Center has three engines that weigh almost 400 tons each. The center has been generating power since late August.

Walt Lindala

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three huge electricity generators are slowly making their way from Presque Isle to their new home at the Marquette Energy Center.

Made in Finland, the 17-watt generators arrived at the Upper Harbor by barge this week.  Officials have been working to unload the massive engines and get them on trailers so they can slowly make their way the 2.4 miles to the Board of Light and Power on Wright Street. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials broke ground on the Marquette Board of Light and Power’s new Marquette Energy Center Tuesday. 

The $65 million project includes the installation of three, 17-megawatt natural gas generators that can run on fuel oil, if necessary.  The center will be constructed behind the current BLP building in Marquette. 

Residents will pay for the project through a 30 percent increase in their bills.  For the typical resident using 500 kilowatt hours that’s about an additional $18 a month. 

The center is expected to be in operation next spring.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Customers of the Marquette Board of Light and Power will see a 30 percent increase in their electric bill next October.  

Monday night the City Commission approved the BLP’s plan for the new Marquette Energy Center.  The $65 million plan includes construction of three generators that will run on natural gas with a fuel oil backup.  BLP officials say the area needs more dependable power generation as soon as possible.

The vote was 4-3.  Dissenting were Tom Baldini, Sarah Cambensy, and Sarah Reynolds.  They wanted more time to look at other power options. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Board of Light and Power has voted to approve a plan for the new Marquette Energy Center.  

The $65 million project entails the installation of three large internal combustion engines that will run primarily on natural gas.  If needed, light or heavy fuel oils could be used as a back-up. 

The center would be constructed behind the BLP building. 

The plan includes a 30-percent rate hike next year.  For the typical resident that means an $18 increase on their monthly bill. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Board of Light and Power wants to build a new energy center to make power availability more reliable in the area.  

BLP Executive Director Paul Kitti says the Presque Isle Power Plant is closing in 2020; limitations in electric transmission have been identified; and the BLP generators average 38 years old. 

Kitti says the Marquette Energy Center would add three large reciprocating internal combustion engines that will run primarily on natural gas.  If needed, light or heavy fuel oils could be used as a backup.