Energy providers to make presentations at U.P. Energy Task Force meeting Friday in Hancock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 18, 2019
Nick Assendelft, EGLE Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-288-3135
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

Presentations by representatives of three energy providers have been scheduled for the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, at Finlandia University.

The presentations will be followed in the afternoon by a listening session to gather public comments from residents and businesses on energy issues before the Task Force.

The scheduled energy presenters:

  • 10:30-11 a.m.: Plains Midstream Canada.
  • 11 a.m. to Noon: Enbridge Inc.
  • 12-12:30 p.m.: SEMCO Energy Gas Co

The Task Force will meet in the Leroy Keranen Conference Room 323 of the Jutila Center, 200 Michigan St., Hancock, Mich., from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break from 1-2:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

The public can also submit comments online at EGLE-UPEnergy@Michigan.gov. All comments will help the Task Force to complete its work as outlined in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order 2019-14.

Gov. Whitmer charged the Task Force to:

  • Assess the U.P.’s overall energy needs and how they are being met.
  • Formulate alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.’s energy needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness. This includes, but is not limited to, alternative means to supply the energy sources used by U.P. residents, and alternatives to those energy sources.
  • Identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the U.P.; the economic, environmental, and other impacts of such changes; and the alternatives for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs in response to such changes.

The Task Force must complete its final report in two stages. It must submit a propane plan to the Governor by March 31, focused on alternative means to supply propane to the U.P. Then, by March 31, 2021, it is required to submit the remainder of its report. 

Follow the activities of the U.P. Energy Task Force at Michigan.gov/UPEnergyTaskForce.

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