Upper Peninsula man buying Escanaba power plant

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ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula man has worked for more than two years to buy an Escanaba power plant so he can convert it from coal-fueled to biomass.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reports ( http://bit.ly/1ioUv4R ) that Charles Detiege of Ford River felt compelled to put together investors to buy the plant. He stepped in as he saw co-workers laid off when the plant was idled in 2012. The 37-year-old was the plant's environmental health and safety coordinator since 2010.

Detiege formed Escanaba Green Energy to buy the plant from the city and convert it to burn biomass at a cost of $36.5 million. He says he looks forward to the day when the deal is complete and he can have a ground-breaking ceremony for work that needs to be done.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.net

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