Amid pressure from environmentalists and regulators, Northern Michigan University is dropping its plans for a cogeneration plant that would be partly dependent on coal, the Associated Press reports.
The 10-megawatt plant would have burned wood and wood by-products and used coal as a backup fuel, but the university asked the state to void its permit for the plant, the article says.
According to a news release from the university, the Sierra Club had been one of the lead groups opposing the coal plant.
The university will apply for a new permit for a plant that burns only wood. “We believe, once built, the cogeneration plant will result in significant cost savings to NMU and further the university’s sustainability efforts,” said Gavin Leach, vice president of finance and administration. “We hope that if we are granted the new permit, this project may qualify for some American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, and we’d like to pursue those potential funding opportunities.”