Indiana Public Service Company has announced plans to demolish its
out-of-service Dean H. Mitchell Electric Generating Station, located on the
Lake Michigan shoreline in Gary.
“NIPSCO will be
working with the city of Gary and other local stakeholders to consider
future development opportunities for the D.H. Mitchell site with a focus on
creating investment, jobs, and a tax base for the region,” the company said
in a statement released after deadline on Friday.
“This is a positive
step forward for the community, our customers, and the environment as we
clear the path for new investments and opportunities for the future,” NIPSCO
Executive Vice President Violet Sistovaris said. “While the energy industry
is in the midst of change, we remain focused on continuing to serve the
needs of our customers in a way that is cost-effective, reliable, and
The estimated $18
million, two-year project will include environmental removal and remediation
work associated with the site for future development.
“Labor will be
sourced largely from the local trades, with an expected 60 remediation and
demolition jobs required during the early stages of the project,” NIPSCO
constructed in 1955, the coal-fired power plant served customers for nearly
50 years before it was taken off-line in December 2001. The facility was
utilized periodically after that time but was later permanently
decommissioned due to the station’s age, extensive capital investments
required to ensure future reliability, and upgrades needed in order to
comply with federal environmental regulations, among other factors.
supplies a more diverse source of electric generating options, including
three coal-fired stations, one natural gas-fired station, two hydroelectric
stations, and purchased wind power,” the company said. “NIPSCO also provides
the ability for its customers to generate electricity from renewable energy
such as rooftop solar and wind power. And customers are encouraged to be
more energy efficient through a range of energy-savings programs offered by
regularly evaluates its electric generating mix on an ongoing basis, and
more formally through its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP),” NIPSCO added.
“The IRP is submitted to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission every two
years, with input from the public, and it charts NIPSCO’s strategy for
supplying power to its customers over the next 20 years.”