The Palisades Power Plant generates 798 megawatts of electricity, or 18 percent to 30 percent of the electric power used in our area depending on time of year and load on the grid. Palisades provides power to millions of homes, thousands of businesses, and hundreds of critical transportation, health and municipal systems throughout Michigan. Replacing the 798 megawatts would cost millions of dollars a year in electricity costs, and would lead to electricity shortages, price spikes of as much as 40 percent, and rolling blackouts.
Replacing the Palisades' 798 megawatts could mean building new power plants that burn fossil fuel, adding new high-voltage transmission lines and building new pipelines. It could also dramatically increase Michigan's dependence on imported power. Additionally, Michigan's alternative power sources, such as wind, solar and biomass, currently make up less than one percent of the state's total electric generation. Atmospheric conditions, land resources required and reliability are factors that make alternatives to Palisades' generation unsuitable.