“It is with a great deal of sadness I need to tell this community we are ceasing our development on the clean energy venture,” said CEO Eric Baker to a group of community leaders; faced with years of bureaucratic red tape and government regulations blocking new power plants, project backers, he added, had invested more than $25 million.
Ken Bradstreet, Director of Community and Government affairs brought the news to community members at the Rogers City Senior and Community Center. During another meeting in Q1 2012, he said a 2011 ruling on power plant emissions from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had the company reeling.
Wolverine first announced the project in May 2006 and after many delays on the state level, obtained its major permit from the Department of Environmental Quality in July, 2011. Wolverine’s board of directors suspended all work on the project in Q1 2012.