U.P. Energy Task Force to meet online Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2020
Nick Assendelft, Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135

The U.P. Energy Task Force is to meet online Friday with scheduled presentations about the integrated resource planning process for electric utilities and programs in Michigan that offer financing for business and residential energy efficiency projects.

The Task Force is to meet beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Following the presentations and discussion among Task Force members, ample time has been scheduled for public comment on Upper Peninsula-related energy topics.

Those interested in joining the meeting can click on the Microsoft Teams link on the U.P. Energy Task Force webpage. Those who do not have Internet access can use a phone to participate in the meeting by dialing 248-509-0316 and entering the conference ID 425 816 987#. People who need special assistance to participate can contact Kimber Frantz at 517-284-5035 or FrantzK@Michigan.gov in advance of the meeting.

Members of the public who wish to speak at the meeting are asked to send an email to EGLE-UPEnergy@Michigan.gov with “Request for Public Comment During November Meeting” in the subject line and your name. Members of the public who attend the meeting but who did not submit their names ahead of time will be still be allowed to make a comment. Each speaker will have a three-minute time limit.

Comments regarding the work of the UP Energy Task Force can also be submitted to EGLE-UPEnergy@Michigan.gov.

State regulated utilities are required by law to file integrated resource plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission. The plans outline how a utility will provide reliable, cost effective electric service to its customers in the future while also addressing the industry’s risks and uncertainties.

The U.P. Energy Task Force must submit its report on overall U.P. energy issues and alternatives to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by March 31, 2021. In April, the Task Force sent to the Governor its recommendations on propane availability in the U.P. 

Wednesday’s meeting is being held in accordance with Gov. Whitmer’s and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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