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.
Senator Casperson called in to the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike today to discuss details of the ffort.
Casperson says 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.
He said the plan shifts cost division between the U.P. and Wisconsin from 6 percent in Upper Michigan to 99.5 percent.
The resolutions will be sent to the chair of the FERC, Michigan and Wisconsin’s governors and members of their Congressional delegations.