MARQUETTE, MI – 10/28/2014 – The Michigan Public Service Commission hosted a panel discussion and question & answer session on the Upper Peninsula’s energy future today in Marquette.
The session, held in conjunction with the U.P. Energy Summit at Northern Michigan University, focused on 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.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering accepting the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s plan that shifts cost division between the U.P. and Wisconsin from a previously devised 6-8 percent in Upper Michigan to 99.5 percent.
Speakers included Valerie Brader, Governor Snyder’s deputy legal counsel and senior policy advisor and John D. Quackenbush, chairman of the MPSC. Also on the panel was Peter manning, Division Chief of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division of the Department of Attorney General and MPSC Commissioners Greg White and Sally Talberg.
State Senator Tom Casperson and State Representative John Kivela moderated the discussion.
If you’d like to hear what went on during the discussion, you can listen to the full session by clicking HERE!