Companies plan shift to CCS, biomass at Michigan coal plant

By Carlos Anchondo | 06/13/2024 06:38 AM EDT

The work by Babcock & Wilcox for NorthStar Clean Energy comes amid a push from the Biden administration for carbon capture on power generators.

The TES Filer City Station in Michigan is pictured.

The TES Filer City Station in Michigan is pictured. NorthStar Clean Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy

A technology company plans to help switch a coal-fueled power plant in Michigan to biomass and add carbon capture, a departure from most U.S. utilities that have hesitated so far on the emissions-cutting gambit.

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises said it has signed an agreement with NorthStar Clean Energy, co-owner of the TES Filer City Station, to start initial work on the project.

The facility would be “one of the nation’s first large-scale biomass with carbon capture and sequestration projects,” said Brian Hartmann, the president of NorthStar, in a statement last week.


In late April, EPA released a final rule that aims to curb emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and new natural gas plants, standards that have renewed a debate over whether CCS technology has been adequately demonstrated. The Biden administration has said the technology — which is designed to trap CO2 from point sources like power plants — is proven, calling it “available and cost-effective.”