Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Upper Peninsula Power Company says they have released some answers to questions customers may have concerning the expense of maintaining Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette and other generation facilities.
WE Energies announced plans in 2013 to close the coal-fired Presque Isle facility, which is the biggest source of power in the U.P.
The plant has been determined necessary to operate the transmission system within applicable reliability standards.
UPPCO says every energy provider serving U.P. customers will have to pay for the costs to keep Presque Isle in service.
UPPCO says the average residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month would see an increase of approximately $5.50 per month beginning January 1, 2015.
Numerous parties, including UPPCO, have intervened asking FERC to reconsider its decision to allocate these costs solely to Upper Peninsula customers.