Alpine Power Plant, the largest and most efficient generator in northern Michigan including the Upper Peninsula, is now fully operational. Constructed by Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc., a not-for-profit cooperative, Alpine generates enough clean, affordable and flexible power to supply 120,000 member households. Most importantly, the 410-MW power plant, located in Elmira Township, enhances the electrical reliability of northern Michigan’s entire power grid and complements renewable energy sources in the state.

Wade Trim provided site and civil design services in preparation for Alpine’s construction on a 170-acre property selected for its proximity to existing interstate natural gas pipelines and high-voltage electric transmission lines. We also provided construction phase engineering support including coordination with other design consultants, surveying, materials testing, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) monitoring and inspections.

Wade Trim assisted Wolverine with conditional zoning and special-use permit approvals from Elmira Township, the Elmira Township Planning Board, the Otsego County Planning Commission, and the Otsego County Board of Commissioners. Additional permits for driveways, SESC, Notice of Intent, potable water well, process water supply well and on-site septic disposal were secured from five agencies.

Approximately 65,000 cubic yards of material was moved on the site to accommodate a fairly flat, 8.5- acre pad for the equipment and plant access. Site plans included designing and permitting temporary facilities for material storage and laydown, construction trailers, and security. Stormwater management was provided through on-site infiltration basins. Many trees were preserved to minimize the impact on the surrounding area. To further improve the site, a 14-foot high berm was constructed along the northern property line to provide additional visual and audible screening.

Tax revenue from the power plant benefits Elmira Township, Gaylord Community Schools, Otsego County EMS, M-TEC Gaylord, University Center Gaylord and the Otsego County Road Commission.