Legislators Fighting FERC Over Power Plant Plan

    Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, MI.
    Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, MI.

    Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Upper Michigan’s legislators are fighting a proposal forcing U.P. utility customers to pay for the majority of about $100 million in additional annual costs to keep Marquette’s Presque Isle Power Plant operational.

    State Representatives Ed McBroom and John Kivela and Senator Tom Casperson have introduced resolutions in the House and Senate.

    With support from Representative Scott Dianda, they are demanding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reconsider accepting the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s plan because it puts an excessive financial burden solely on U.P. rate payers.

    The plan shifts cost division between the U.P. and Wisconsin from 6 percent in Upper Michigan to 99.5 percent.

    The Senate resolution was approved last week and House versions will be considered soon.

    Once approved,the resolutions will be sent to the chair of the FERC, Michigan and Wisconsin’s governors and members of their Congressional delegations.


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