September 25 (Renewables Now) - Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE:AT) said Monday its 40-MW Cadillac biomass-fired plant in the US state of Michigan had to be taken offline after a fire broke out at the facility on Sunday, September 22.
The independent power producer could not say what caused the fire and how much time it will take to repair the plant and bring back into service.
The 26-year old power plant has a sprinkler system, which activated, and the fire was put out by local firefighters. Atlantic Power said that no injuries occurred nor there were any know environmental violations.
The extent of the damage and the financial impact of the incident were not known at the time of the company’s statement. Once it evaluates the damage and the associated expenses, Atlantic Power said it will give a further update along with the financial results for the third quarter of 2019, including when the Cadillac plant can resume operations.
The facility, online since 1993, was acquired by Atlantic Power in December 2010. It operates under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Michigan-based utility Consumers Energy. The PPA expires in June 2028, according to Atlantic Power.