U.P. Energy Task Force to discuss propane report to Governor

Feb. 4, 2020
Nick Assendelft, EGLE Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135

The U.P. Energy Task Force’s next meeting is Feb. 7 in St. Ignace to discuss recommendations on propane availability in the Upper Peninsula. The recommendations will be included in the task force’s report to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Little Bear East Arena, 275 Marquette St., in St. Ignace. A public comment session is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The public can also submit comments on propane supply and delivery or on other energy issues in the Upper Peninsula to EGLE-UPEnergy@Michigan.gov.

The U.P. Energy Task Force must submit a plan to the governor by March 31 on possible alternative means to supply propane to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

People who need special assistance to participate in the meeting can contact Kimber Frantz at 517-284-5035 in advance of the event.

Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order outlined specific goals for the U.P. Energy Task Force:

  • 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 alternatives for meeting the U.P.’s energy needs due to such changes.

A full report on U.P. energy issues is due to Gov. Whitmer by March 31, 2021.

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