Hampton Township — Consumers Energy says a $250 million technology upgrade at its Karn-Weadock Generating Complex is nearing completion.

The Bay City Times reports work on coal-fired units is intended primarily to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant in Bay County’s Hampton Township. Consumers Energy says the multi-year project is expected to be complete by April.

Consumers Energy officials say the improvements also will significantly reduce emissions of sulfur trioxide, hydrogen fluoride, and hydrogen chloride.

Officials say the project puts Consumers Energy ahead of schedule in meeting clean air standards for mercury and air toxins for the Karn plant. The plant accounts for about 25 percent of the energy generated by Consumers Energy, a unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.

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