The Michigan State Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air permit for a new coal fired power plant. The new $2 billion, 830 MW plant designed by Consumer Energy will be built so that carbon capture and storage technology can be added in the future. Consumer Energy plans to retire five older plants once this plant is online and operational, which many expect to be in 2017. Robert McCann of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said, “You're taking some of the oldest and most antiquated plants out of production. We’ll see a significant reduction in emissions.”