DTE Energy’s Michigan Gas-Fired Plant Breaks Ground Today

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Last June DTE Energy filed paperwork in Michigan to build a new “state-of-the-art” natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County (see DTE Energy Files to Build New Natgas-Fired Elec Plant in Michigan). The gas-fired plant will produce 1,150 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 850,000 homes, helping to offset three coal-fired plants set to retire by 2023. Environmental groups launched a campaign to oppose the project (see Michigan Anti Fossil Fuelers Oppose DTE Gas-Fired Plant Proposal), but their efforts were too little too late. In April, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved the project (see List of 6 NatGas-Fired Electric Plants Coming to Michigan). The plant project has a name–the Blue Water Energy Center. Today is the day DTE Energy, the builder, will officially break ground for Blue Water Energy Center. Ahead of schedule! Why our excitement over this project? There is a considerable amount of Utica/Marcellus gas heading into Michigan via the Rover and NEXUS pipelines. Blue Water Energy is a potential (we’d say likely) customer for M-U gas supplies…
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NEXUS Pipeline Update – Now 80% Complete, on Schedule for 3Q18

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The NEXUS Pipeline project, owned by DTE Energy and Spectra Energy (Enbridge), is a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that runs from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. NEXUS got final approval for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in August 2017, the first major pipeline to get approved following a newly restored quorum at FERC (see New FERC Quorum Votes Final Approval for NEXUS Pipeline). However, radical environmental groups have fought the project tooth and nail. CORN (Coalition to ReRoute Nexus), and the far-left Sierra Club, launched lawsuits and regulatory actions against the pipeline. The City of Green, OH initially blocked construction, but later cut a deal to allow the pipeline through the area after NEXUS agreed to pay the city $7.5 million and donate 20 acres of land that sit next to an existing city park (see Antis of Green, OH Finally Face Reality – Will Allow NEXUS Pipe). So just how is the project doing? On a recent quarterly analyst phone call, DTE’s president and chief operating officer, Jerry Norcia, answered that question. He said, in brief, that the pipeline is now 80% built and on track to go online in the third quarter of this year…
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Big Green Sues to Stop DTE Energy’s MI Gas-Fired Electric Plant

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Last June DTE Energy filed paperwork in Michigan to build a new “state-of-the-art” natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County (see DTE Energy Files to Build New Natgas-Fired Elec Plant in Michigan). The gas-fired plant will produce 1,100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 850,000 homes. If all goes according to plan, the new $1 billion plant will go online in 2022, helping to offset three coal-fired plants set to be retired by 2023. The process is long to approve and then build such a project, with many hoops to jump through. The first hurdle, perhaps THE major hurdle, is an approval by Michigan utility regulators. That happened in April. Right on cue the far-left Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Earthjustice, all of which seem to have unending sources of cash to file lawsuits, have together filed an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals to reverse the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) decision to approve the project…
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List of 6 NatGas-Fired Electric Plants Coming to Michigan

Last June DTE Energy filed paperwork in Michigan to build a new “state-of-the-art” natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County (see DTE Energy Files to Build New Natgas-Fired Elec Plant in Michigan). The gas-fired plant will produce 1,100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 850,000 homes. If all goes according to plan, the new $1 billion plant will go online in 2022, helping to offset three coal-fired plants set to retire by 2023. Although environmental groups launched a campaign against the project (see Michigan Anti Fossil Fuelers Oppose DTE Gas-Fired Plant Proposal), their efforts were too little too late. Last week the Michigan Public Service Commission approved the project! In addition, we spotted an article about five more natgas-fired plants planned for Michigan (full list below). As we always point out, there is a considerable amount of Utica/Marcellus gas heading into Michigan via the Rover and NEXUS pipelines. These plants are all potential customers for our gas supplies…
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Michigan Anti Fossil Fuelers Oppose DTE Gas-Fired Plant Proposal

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Last June DTE Energy filed paperwork in Michigan to build a new “state-of-the-art” natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County (see DTE Energy Files to Build New Natgas-Fired Elec Plant in Michigan). The gas-fired plant will produce 1,100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 850,000 homes. If all goes according to plan, the new $1 billion plant will go online in 2022, helping to offset three coal-fired plants set to be retired by 2023. The process is long to approve and then build such a project, with many hoops to jump through. The first major hurdle, perhaps THE major hurdle, is an approval by Michigan utility regulators. The deadline for that approval is almost here–April 27. With the deadline looming, Big Green, with its ongoing, irrational hatred of all fossil fuels, has ramped up opposition to the project. An approval by regulators is being complicated by the fact that DTE filed two months after new energy laws went into effect, but before the Public Service Commission finalized its guidelines under those new laws, in December. Apparently there’s an issue with the application as it relates to the December guidelines–an issue that would potentially delay the project another year or more…
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DTE Energy Files to Build New Natgas-Fired Elec Plant in Michigan

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DTE Energy has just filed paperwork in Michigan to build a new “state-of-the-art” natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County. The gas-fired plant would produce 1,100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 850,000 homes. As with all of these kinds of projects, there are MANY regulatory hoops to jump through. If all goes according to plan, the new plant will go online five years from now–in 2022. The plant will cost nearly $1 billion to build and employ “hundreds” during its construction. It will offset, in part, three coal-fired plants set to be retired by 2023. While DTE makes no mention of the source of natgas that will feed it, two Marcellus/Utica pipelines–Rover and NEXUS–will cross parts of Michigan. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that at least some (perhaps all) of the natural gas that will fire this plant will come from our region…
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NEXUS Pipeline Startup Slips to 2018 Due to Quorumless FERC

NEXUS Pipeline is a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate natural gas pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. NEXUS was one of the large pipeline projects left out of a list of pipelines that received final Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval back in early February, just prior to FERC losing a quorum of voting members (see In FERC’s Game of Musical Chairs, NEXUS Pipeline Left Standing). As soon as FERC has a quorum, NEXUS is ready to build (see NEXUS Pipe Revved Like a Race Car, Waiting for FERC Green Flag). However, new FERC commissioners are being held up in a final Senate vote by vicious Democrat Chuck “the schmuck” Schumer. He refuses to allow the Senate to vote on members already approved and ready to start. Because of Schumer’s delay tactics with FERC commissioners, DTE Energy, the main sponsor of NEXUS, had to admit on a quarterly analyst phone call yesterday that the timeline for NEXUS to get built and be online has now, officially, slipped into 2018…
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In FERC’s Game of Musical Chairs, NEXUS Pipeline Left Standing

When reporting on the flurry of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approvals from last Friday, before Commissioner Norman Bay resigned in a huff over losing the chairmanship of the agency (and leaving the Commission with only two Commissioners, not enough to vote on more projects), we noticed there was one major Marcellus/Utica pipeline project that didn’t receive a final approval: the NEXUS Pipeline project. NEXUS is a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. It is a critically needed pipeline to move Utica and Marcellus Shale gas from an over-saturated market in the northeast to markets in the Midwest and Canada. It is a joint venture between DTE Energy and Spectra Energy. In December FERC issued a positive final Environmental Impact Statement (see FERC Approves NEXUS Pipeline, Project on Track for 2017). The only thing left is for FERC to issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity, to begin construction. That didn’t happen on Friday, which means the project is now delayed until at least one more FERC Commissioner is nominated and approved by the U.S. Senate so the Commission regains a voting quorum. In a sense, FERC could only rush through so many projects at the last minute, and in a game of musical chairs, the music stopped and NEXUS was left standing–without a chair. Is lack of a FERC decision last week an indicator that the project is in trouble? What happens now?…
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Sierra Club Radicals Sue DTE Energy over NEXUS Pipeline

lawsuitThe radicals at the Sierra Club are at it again. Causing private companies to expend big money to defend their Constitutional, capitalistic rights. The NEXUS Pipeline is a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. It is a critically needed pipeline to move Utica and Marcellus Shale gas from an over-saturated market in the northeast to markets in the Midwest and Canada. The Sierra Club has just sued DTE Energy, one of the sponsors of the project, falsely claiming DTE’s electric customers will end up paying more for electricity because of the pipeline…
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DTE’s Reason for Buying M-U Pipes: NatGas-Fired Electric Plants

gasfiredpowerplantillustration1x1-largeLast week MDN brought you the news that DTE Energy, a BIG utility and midstream company based in Detroit, MI, is buying 100% of M3 Midstream’s Appalachia Gathering System (AGS), located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and 40% of M3’s Stonewall Gas Gathering (SGG), located in West Virginia (see DTE Energy Buys Marcellus/Utica Pipelines for $1.3B). MDN speculated that DTE wants the pipelines because DTE wants a reliable source cheap, abundant, clean-burning Marcellus/Utica natural gas for its utility customers in the Midwest. While that’s true, there’s a bigger reason why DTE is making a play for the pipelines–because they intend to build $1.5 billion of new natural gas-fired electric plants in Michigan. Since that price tag will build one, maybe two plants, and because DTE is shutting down three of its five coal-fired plants in the state, we think there’s a good chance DTE will build more new gas-fired plants–powered by Marcellus/Utica gas…
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DTE Energy Buys Marcellus/Utica Pipelines for $1.3B

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The buyouts keep on rolling in. Detroit-based DTE Energy announced yesterday they are buying 100% of M3 Midstream’s Appalachia Gathering System (AGS), located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and 40% of M3’s Stonewall Gas Gathering (SGG), located in West Virginia. In addition DTE is buying another 15% of SGG owned by Vega Energy Partners. The combined deals will cost DTE $1.3 billion. Whew! Lots of moving parts in this story. Let’s sort it out. In April 2015 MDN told you that a section of M3 Midstream’s Appalachia Gathering System (AGS) had been spun off into its own company called Stonewall Gathering System (see M3’s New Stonewall Gathering System Extends Existing AGS in WV). At the time, plans were under way to build out gathering pipelines in West Virginia’s Harrison and Doddridge counties, running through Lewis and into Braxton County where the pipeline will connect with Columbia Transmission’s interstate pipeline. The plans came to fruition and the Stonewall Gathering System was built and now gathers 1 billion cubic feet of Marcellus Shale gas per day (see Construction on WV Stonewall Gather Pipeline Begins, Runs Thru Dec). Why does DTE want these two pipeline systems? Because they will provide a reliable source cheap, abundant, clean-burning Marcellus/Utica natural gas to DTE’s utility customers in the Midwest. These gathering systems already connect to the Columbia Gas Transmission and the Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline systems. They will also connect to the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline once it’s built…
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Ohio Chamber of Commerce Endorses NEXUS Gas Pipeline Project

People in Ohio continue to choose sides in the debate over whether to build the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline, a $1.5-$2.0 billion natural gas pipeline that will carry Utica and Marcellus Shale gas spanning 11 counties in Ohio, 3 counties in Michigan, and eventually connect to the Dawn Energy Hub in Canada. NEXUS is a joint venture between Detroit-based DTE Energy and Houston-based Spectra Energy. Plenty of wackos have come out of the woodwork to oppose it (see Medina County, OH Antis Trot Out Home Rule Ballot Measure and NEXUS Pipeline Files Draft Reports w/FERC, Rejects CORNy Re-Route). Plenty of people have also endorsed the project. The latest power-house group to endorse the NEXUS is the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber points out the NEXUS project will not only be a super stimulant for Ohio’s economy and create jobs, it will also save consumers money on their gas and electric bills…
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DTE Energy Analyst Call: Utica/Marcellus Big Part of Co’s Future

DTE Energy is a major utility and midstream company headquartered in Detroit, MI. DTE is part owner of the Millennium Pipeline across NY, sole owner of the Bluestone Gathering system in Susquehanna County, PA, and partner in the NEXUS Pipeline planned to cross OH. DTE is also the part owner of the Vector Pipeline, a pipeline that until recently has moved gas from Chicago (coming from Canada) to storage facilities in Michigan. A number of shippers have stopped using Vector for that purpose and it will now be used to flow Utica Shale gas, delivering it to both the NEXUS Pipeline and to Energy Transfer Partners’ ET Rover pipeline. According to DTE officials on an analyst call last Friday, the Utica and Marcellus Shale play a big role in the company’s future. Below we’ve extracted the juicy bits from the analyst call touching on the Utica/Marcellus, NEXUS and Vector pipelines, and how company officials say it all ties together…
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NEXUS Gas Pipeline Pre-Files with FERC, New Details Come to Light

but wait there's moreIn September 2012, three companies–DTE Energy, Spectra Energy and Enbridge–formed a joint venture to build a new Utica Shale pipeline from Ohio through Michigan and eventually into Canada, delivering Utica Shale gas to Midwestern markets (see New Utica Shale Pipeline to Midwest Announced). The new pipeline, called NEXUS Gas Transmission, will cost $1.5 billion to build, begin in Columbiana County, OH and cross through 11 Ohio counties and 3 Michigan counties in total (see list below). Some of the details were revealed last year when the Akron Beacon Journal filed an open records request (see OH Route of Proposed NEXUS Gas Pipeline Revealed). On December 30, NEXUS finally filed what’s called a “pre-filing” with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). We have a copy of that pre-filing document below, along with extracts (new details) and a new map showing where the pipeline is due to go…
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DTE Expanding NEPA Pipeline System for Southwestern Energy

DTE Energy and Southwestern Energy Co. signed an agreement yesterday to “significantly expand” their relationship in northeast Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County area. DTE provides gathering pipelines for Southwestern’s wells in Susquehanna County. Southwestern, along with Cabot Oil & Gas, is a top producer in Susquehanna County. The agreement calls for DTE to increase “gathering assets by approximately 50 percent in Susquehanna County” by 50%–meaning build new gathering pipelines. DTE will also increase the capacity of their Bluestone Pipeline which connects to both the Millennium Pipeline (in Broome County, NY) and to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (in Susquehanna County). Here’s the announcement from yesterday…
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Cabot, Southwestern Contract for More Pipeline Capacity in NEPA

An unexpected and pleasant surprise: Cabot Oil & Gas and Southwestern Energy are producing so much Marcellus gas in Susquehanna County, PA (northeastern part of the state), they need extra pipeline takeaway capacity. Even with the forthcoming Constitution pipeline (see New Marcellus Constitution Pipeline Announces “Final” Route), more capacity is still needed. Enter DTE Energy and their Bluestone Pipeline, which is about to get a major expansion…
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