Cornerstone Power Plant

Novi Energy Cornerstone Energy has proposed putting a natural gas power plant in Rives Township!

 > The Rives Township Board and its Planning Commission are changing the township’s Master Plan to include industrial zoning to accommodate this power plant. 

> It effects almost 200 acres located between Churchill and Baseline Roads and will affect residents of Rives and surrounding Townships. 

> The massive 3 unit 1,800 Megawatt Power Plant fueled by natural gas proposed for Rives will 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 plant will damage our country roads with massive amounts of daily tanker truck traffic, heavy duty construction equipment, and oversized loads, especially during the construction phase.

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

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

Master Plan Draft 2018 (pdf)


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


Survey Results 2017 (pdf)


Rives Twn Master Plan 1977 (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 new 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. 

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 kids. 


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.

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 Cliff Herl
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
 (517) 569-3202


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

Secretary Phyllis Pitmon
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 569-2558

Twp Board Rep Cliff Herl
348 E. Main Street, Rives Junction, MI 49277
(517) 569-3202

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



Commissioner Sarah Lightner
9915 North Parma Road, Springport, MI 49284
(517) 857-2554

 Senator Mike Shirkey
P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536
(517) 373-5932

 State Representative Brett Roberts
P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1775



Commissioner Robin Naeyaert
P.O. Box 319, Mason, MI 48854
(517) 676-7200

 Comissioner Randy Maiville
P.O. Box 319, Mason, MI 48854
(517) 676-7200

 Senator Curtis Hertel Jr
PO BOX 30036, Lansing, MI 48909
 (517) 373-1734

 State Representative Tom Cochran
P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514
 (517) 373-0587



Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 373-3400

Senator Debbie Stabenow
221 W. Lake Lansing, Ste 100, E. Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 203-1760

Senator Gary Peters
124 West Allegan St, Ste 1400, Lansing, MI 48933
 (517) 377-1508

Congressman Tim Walberg
401 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-9075

Congressman Mike Bishop
711 E. Grand River Ave, Ste A, Brighton, MI 48116
(810) 227-8600

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