Investing in Cook Plant

Cook Nuclear Plant has been an important part of I&M and of southwest Michigan for more than four decades.

As part of its Building the Future plan, I&M is working to make sure Cook continues to generate energy – with zero emissions – and remains a good neighbor in southwest Michigan for many years to come. Cook employs about 1,200 people full-time.

I&M is investing $1.2 billion in Cook equipment replacements and upgrades to support the extended operation of the plant into the 2030s. Those investments have not yet been included in Michigan rates.

New rates would also reflect the cost of upgrades and modifications required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a result of the Fukushima incident in Japan.

In addition, Cook is mandated by the government to make additional investments in cyber security; conduct new inspections of more than 1,600 pieces of key hardware in the plant; and make technical adjustments to ensure the reliable availability of a consistent flow of off-site power.

Cook performs a crucial role for I&M, generating enough emission-free energy to power 1.5 million homes. Cook plays an equally important role in southwest Michigan, reaching out to the community, supporting non-profit agencies and educating citizens about nuclear energy.

The Heart of Cook grant program is overseen by an employee committee that reviews grant applications and awards about 30 area non-profits more than $50,000 annually. Cook sponsors, and employees build, a home each year for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Cook Plant employees support the United Way of Southwest Michigan in multiple ways including the first annual Cardboard Boat Race with the "USS Sub Critical" entry.

Additional large contributions include a company 50 percent match to employee contributions to United Way, the local Red Cross Chapter, the Lake Michigan College Veterans Assistance Fund, Cornerstone Alliance and Lakeland Regional Medical Foundation.

Cook’s employees are passionate leaders within the community. I&M is proud of its southwest Michigan home and constantly works to be a good neighbor.

For more about Cook, go to www.cookinfo.com

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