Retirees joined Consumers Energy executives and current employees Wednesday to bid farewell to a pioneer. Although the last two operating plants in the J.C. Weadock part of the utility’s complex in Bay County’s Hampton Township were shut down in April, the flag in front of the plant was lowered for the last time during a special ceremony.
Consumers Vice President Dennis Dobbs said the plant was a pioneer, like its namesake, John Cullen Weadock. He said the plants provided needed electricity for 75 years.
Weadock’s great-great nephew, Jeffrey Charles Weadock, traveled from Dallas, Texas, for the event. He’ll take home photos the Weadock family has never seen.
The eight original coal-fired plants at the mouth of the Saginaw River were built in 1940. They were converted to burn oil in 1970. Six plants were decommissioned in 1980, and the final two were shut down April 15. Consumers said it was not cost-effective to bring the plants up to today’s environmental regulations.