Escanaba city officials meet to discuss power plant

Escanaba city officials are meeting tonight to consider shutting down the power plant that the city owns.

The Escanaba City Council sat down for a joint meeting with the Electrical Advisory Committee beginning at 6 p.m.

Beginning in July, the agency that operates the Midwest’s regional power grid will no longer reimburse the city for the plant’s operating costs.

The city has been trying to sell the plant for years, and a sale to a company called Escanaba Green Energy has been pending since early 2012. Escanaba Green Energy wants to convert the coal–burning plant to burn biomass instead.

City voters decided last May to give the City Council the power to dispose of the power plant if necessary.

ABC 10 will have more about what was discussed at the meeting on ABC 10 News Now at 11.