Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A bill by State Senator Tom Casperson connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas to the same electrical grid has been submitted in Lansing.
The Escanaba Republican says the measure addresses a concern that, with only one major power plant, most U.P. residents rely on electricity from outside the state.
The bill calls for construction of electric infrastructure connecting the peninsulas to the same electric grid, enabling transmission from one to the other.
Casperson says under the bill, a state board would be appointed by the Governor to select a developer to construct the project through bids.
The siting of the project would require approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission and analysis by Mid-Continent Independent System Operators.
Cost of the project would be shared among all state ratepayers.