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UMERC – Generating Stations

UMERC - Generating Station Construction Site View from Above

To provide a long-term solution for electric reliability in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. (UMERC), a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group (WEC) engaged Boldt to help construct two new natural gas plants. The new plants add approximately 180 MW of natural gas generation. The approximately $275 million investment in the two new generating stations (the 56 MW Mihm plant and the 132 MW Kuester plant), allows for the retirement of the coal-fueled Presque Isle Power Plant.

Boldt partnered with area contractor AZCO, Inc. to deliver the construction, with Boldt providing construction services for the foundations, erection of structural steel and balance of plant components.



Multiple Locations, Michigan

Burns & McDonnell

Boldt Role
Self-perform Construction
Project Type
New Construction
Project Size
180 MW

Conventional Electric Power Plants

Project Highlights

  • The new stations allow for the retirement of the coal-fueled Presque Isle Power Plant, replacing it with more environmentally friendly natural gas generation.
  • The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council in the Upper Michigan provided labor support to the project.