Midland Cogeneration Venture (MCV) is the largest natural gas-fired combined electrical energy and steam energy generating plant in the United States of America. The facility is a major supplier of electrical energy to customers in Michigan and the midcontinent, and a supplier of bulk process steam energy to nearby chemical production companies. In 2022, Capital Power partnered with Manulife Investment Management to acquire the facility and is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the facility.
*1633 MW Facility – Jointly-owned with Manulife Investment Management
- Utilizes combined-cycle heat and power (CHP) technology
- Uses both a gas and a steam turbine together to produce up to 50% more electricity from the same fuel than a traditional simple-cycle plant. The waste heat from the gas turbine is routed to the nearby steam turbine, which generates additional power.
- Capable of continuously producing 1,633 MW of electrical power, and in parallel, producing process steam at a rate of 1.5 million pounds per hour
- Electricity output large enough to serve a city of 1.1 million households
- Contracted to sell Consumers Energy electricity until 2030
- Contracted to supply Dow, Corteva Agriscience and the Michigan Dow IPark with steam and electricity until 2035
- Sells excess electric capacity, associated energy, and ancillary services into the MISO energy markets or bilaterally to other municipal utilities and power marketers serving load in the upper Midwest
- 1,200-acre property is a haven for wildlife, including bald eagles, hawks, heron, crane, ducks, pelicans, geese and deer – visit the community viewing platform to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures
At Capital Power, we contribute to the communities in which we operate with the aim of building a sustainable future for all. We engage our neighbours, consider their interests and build real relationships. We aim to source supplies and services locally for our operations, as well as hire from the community. At Midland Cogeneration Venture:
- There are over 70 full-time positions, as well as numerous contractors
- The facility has been a member of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Midland Business Alliance since 1988
- The facility is the second largest taxpayer in Midland
- The facility spends approximately $15 million annually with over 100 vendors within the Great Lakes Bay Region, not counting capital improvement projects
We give back where we live and work by supporting local organizations and our employees’ community participation through our corporate giving programs.
Recent community giving from the Midland Cogeneration Venture includes:
- The Rock Center for Youth Development
- Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan
- United Way of Midland County
- Midland Family and Children’s Services
- Midland Center for the Arts
- Midland County School District (STEM education)