Cornerstone Power Plant

Developer Novi Energy has proposed "Cornerstone Energy Center" a 3 Unit 1800 MW Natural Gas Power Plant in Rives Township, Michigan.

> It is proposed to be built on almost 200 acres of AG ZONED LAND located on Baseline Road, between Churchill and Johnston, and will immediately impact residents of Rives, Leslie, and surrounding Townships. 

> The massive 3 unit 1,800 Megawatt Power Plant fueled by natural gas proposed for Rives could be one of the largest in the United States.

> It will result in the unnecessary industrialization of our rural township and neighborhoods.  

> It would permanently destroy hundreds of acres of pristine farm land and wooded area, and ruin the rural character and agricultural landscape of Rives Township forever. 

> The proposed plant would also introduce significant risk to our health and safety through the release of hazardous chemicals, affect our aquifers and may contaminate our water sources including our wells and the nearby Grand River. 

> The proposed power plant will desecrate property values in Rives and Leslie Townships. Who wants to live with a major polluter?

> The plant will damage our roads with massive amounts of daily tanker truck traffic, heavy duty construction equipment, and oversized loads, especially during the 3-6 year construction phase.

>Novi Energy has asked for tax abatement and Payments in Lieu of Taxes to avoid paying their fair share of revenue to the Townships and schools they'll degrade and pollute.

All elected Township officials need to hear from us as citizens!

Take action and voice your concern before it is too late! The risk to our children, our future, and our environment is just not worth very little reward! 


About Novi Energy's Disaster: The Fremont Digester

Operated by Novi Energy:

"The Fremont food waste-to-energy plant, located in Fremont, Michigan, touted as the first of its kind in the nation has closed a little more than two years after it opened because it hadn’t paid its electric bill.. "

Important Files

NOVI Energy Proposal (2/20/18) (pdf)


Survey Results 2017 (pdf)


Background Info


The Power Plant

This energy consultant (NOVI Energy) has only proposed a ‘concept’ of a gas power plant to the township. They will be asking the township to change the zoning from agricultural to industrial based upon this concept. 

Exact details such as air vs water cooled, size of plant’s footprint, number of turbines etc, will be determined after township has approved zoning. The residents won’t have much say at this point. 


What Rives Township is Doing

The township designed their 2018 master plan draft with this development in mind without consideration that 90% of residents surveyed said they want to maintain the rural character of the township. 

After residents voiced their concerns, the township has since updated their 2019 Master Plan by removing the industrial designation from the future land use map in the proposed power plant location on Baseline Road. We now fully expect Novi Energy to apply for a Conditional Use Permit for Cornerstone Energy Center in Rives Township.

We are not against power plants or industry, but we want good stewardship of the natural resources in our community. There are other areas that already hold industrial zoning where this plant would be welcomed (i.e. Marshall power plant is being proposed in an existing industrial park, Lansing BWL is retrofitting an existing coal plant in Dewitt). This plant is being proposed in the center of an ag/residential neighborhood where people have made an investment and are raising their children.


Other Considerations

This development will only employ about 20 specialized people after construction. The required improvements to roads and fire safety will come out of our taxes, there won’t be a windfall of revenues for schools etc. because Novi Energy is already asking for tax abatements, there is concern about the water source and how much water they will use (could be upward of a million gallons per day), noise/light/air pollution, decrease in property values etc. Our major power producers have released their own IRP's that sate they have a surplue of energy - therefore this power generated by this plant would most likely be exported out of the state, maybe even out of the country.

What You Need to Do

Attend ALL Board Meetings


Board meetings are posted on the Townshp web site, and our web site. Special meetings can be posted at any time. Make your public comments at meetings.

Spread the Word!


Be in contact with friends, neighbors, everyone in Rives Township needs to know what their board is up to. Bring them to the meetings with you!

Be a Registered Voter


Sign petitions when they circulate.

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Citizens to Keep Rives Rural

Political Contacts

Your elected and appointed officials need to hear from you! Keep the issue in front of them DAILY!



Supervisor Jerry Adams
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 612-4455

Clerk Judi McCord
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 569-3100

Treasurer Janina Teske
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 569-3100

Trustee Wendy Culver
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 569-2479

Trustee - TBD


Chairman Roger DeCamp
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 569-3831

Twp Board Rep - TBD
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277

Dwight Carmer
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 569-3804

Jim Lindstrom
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 331-1849

Adam Williams  

348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277  


Dwight Carmer, Chairman – (517) 569-3804

Ray Pierce – (517) 474-2123

Dave Wright– (517) 569-3482


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