Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 110th District State Representative Scott Dianda is encouraging legislative support for the construction of new electricity generating facilities the U.P.
The Calumet Democrat says U.P. residents are paying increasingly large sums to keep the coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette up and running.
Dianda says the cost of plant operation is above what residents can afford, and its closure is imminent.
He says without new, more efficient power sources once the Presque Isle plant is shut down, the U.P. will have to rely on the construction of transmission lines to import power from Wisconsin.
This is an expensive option that will inhibit economic growth, and will likely fail to meet future demand for capacity.
Dianda recommends investment in natural gas, renewable energy and distributed generation, stating that natural gas, solar, wind and small localized electric facilities are more reliable.
Dianda says he is hopeful that fellow legislators will support the growth of the U.P.’s energy sector.