DTE Energy says fire extinguished at St. Clair power plant

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) said in an Aug. 12 statement that a fire has been extinguished at the St. Clair power plant in Michigan, although the station will remain closed for the time being.

“As of this morning, the fire is extinguished, and first responders remain on site to monitor the situation,” DTE said in the statement, which was also posted via social media. The company said there were no injuries; thanked first responders and said the situation poses no risk to the public.

DTE had reported via Twitter that a generating unit at the coal plant had caught fire on Aug. 11.

“DTE teams successfully invoked emergency procedures and shut down all generating units at the site while working with first responders to successfully control the situation,” DTE said.

Air monitoring systems remain in place with readings continuing to be well within normal limits outside the facility perimeter, DTE said.

The plant employs 294 employees overall. This team is being re-assigned to other DTE facilities. “Customers will not see an impact to their electric service,” the company went on to say.  

DTE expects the plant to remain closed and does not have an estimate at this time as to when the plant will reopen.

GenerationHub data reports a total generating capacity of 1,500 MW at the plant at East China Township in St. Clair County, Michigan. There are several operating subbituminous coal units and at least one retired 250-MW coal unit at St. Clair. The station also has three fuel oil units that have a combined generating capacity of only 25 MW. DTE has announced plans to slash coal-fired generation at St. Clair and other coal facilities over the next decade.

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