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      Consumers Energy pushes back Bay City coal plant shutdown

      <font size="2">J.C. Weadcock on the Saginaw Bay was scheduled to close in 2015. This has been delayed until 2016.</font>

      Consumers Energy has pushed back the planned shutdown of three coal-fired power plants in Michigan by at least a year.

      Friday's announcement from the unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. now schedules the suspension of operations at facilities in the Muskegon, Monroe and Bay City areas until the first quarter of 2016 from early 2015.

      Company spokesman Roger Morgenstern says Consumers Energy has notified regulators and employees of its plans for the plants.

      The facilities involved are B.C. Cobb on Muskegon Lake, J.R. Whiting near Luna Pier in Monroe County and J.C. Weadcock on the Saginaw Bay.

      The word from Consumers Energy came on the same day that federal officials announced details of proposed regulations for new coal-fired plants.