Grayling Generating Station can produce up to 38 MW of power – enough for 26,000 average homes. It employs 24 people at the power plant and more than 90 other full-time jobs related to handling, processing and transporting the 400,000 tons of wood the plant buys each year from local vendors. It was built in 1992.
The plant is owned by a partnership that includes Michigan-based CMS Enterprises, Boston-based Atlantic Power Corporation, and Fortistar based in New York.
Jobs at the plant include dozer operators, technicians and control room operators, plus maintenance, management and administration personnel.
Grayling Generating Station sells its power to Consumers Energy and is a significant source of renewable power. It provides a local market for low-value wood fiber, such as tops and limbs left over from timber harvest, plus bark, sawdust and similar wood byproducts generated from the forest products industry in the area. It spends about $4.6 million a year with local wood vendors.
Like many of Michigan's biomass plants, Grayling Generating Station blends a small amount of tire-derived fuel (TDF) into the wood fuel, which improves plant performance, reduces total air emissions, and helps resolve the problem of what to do with scrap tires that are banned from Michigan's landfills. All the TDF used at the Grayling plant is regulated under the Michigan Scrap Tire Management Program and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Grayling Generating Station is an important part of the Grayling community, and surrounding areas of Crawford, Roscommon and Kalkaska counties. It provides good paying jobs, a market for producers of low-value wood fiber, and supports the community through property taxes and the goods and services it buys from local businesses.
Personnel from the Grayling Generating Station are very involved in the local community. Serving on the County Board, Local Emergency Planning Committee, local Fire Department, and local Fair Board, etc. The plant and its employees strive to be a real asset to the local community.
Grayling Generating Station
4400 W. Four Mile Road
Grayling, MI 49738