A Powerful Night for Clean Energy in Fort Wayne: Hundreds Demand that Indiana-Michigan Power Retire the Rockport Coal Plant

 WANE TV said it best, "Hundreds reject [Indiana-Michigan Power] I&M’s pollution plan for Rockport Plant."

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette called it a "Turning Tide: I&M learning depth of clean-energy support."

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, state regulators took public comment about I&M's plan to raise rates to begin required upgrades to the Rockport Generating Station, one of the country's largest toxic super-polluters.

This coal plant is a threat to Indiana's economy, public health, and the wellbeing of our planet and creation. 

The huge crowd included leaders and clergy from congregations across east and north Indiana. 

I&M has filed plans with the State of Indiana to spend more than $3 billion to retrofit and keep burning coal at AEP-Rockport until 2035 and beyond, plus I&M must spend billions more to buy the out-of-state coal that powers the plant.

I&M so far has rejected a lower-cost plan that would both phase out half the plant by 2022 and create investments instead in cleaner energy that could include locally based solar, wind and energy efficiency.

Photos from The Rockport Hearing: