UPDATE: U.P. Energy Task Force to release technical report on propane, draft recommendations

March 11, 2020 (updated March 12 to include additional location in Lansing)
Nick Assendelft, EGLE Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135

Panel to discuss technical report on propane, draft recommendations; public can comment through April 6

Members of the U.P. Energy Task Force will meet Friday in Harris and Lansing to review a final technical report on propane availability in the Upper Peninsula and discuss a draft of the panel’s recommendations.

The Draft Recommendations of the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force Part I – Propane Supply will be available beginning next week on the Task Force’s website, Michigan.gov/UPEnergyTaskForce. It is the first of two reports the U.P. Energy Task Force is to submit to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The draft document contains recommendations for action by the Governor, Legislature, and state agencies to better track and anticipate supply and demand, minimize disruption impact, and provide a more cohesive plan for those who are disproportionately affected by high energy costs in the U.P.

Public comments on the recommendations section of the draft document can be submitted via email to EGLE-UPEnergy@Michigan.gov. All comments submitted no later than April 6 will be considered by the Task Force for possible inclusion in the final report, which is due to the Governor by April 17. The submission date was extended to allow for a longer public review period.

Friday’s Task Force meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with U.P. members of the Task Force in the Wolf Conference Room at the Island Resort & Casino, W399 Highway 2 and 41, in Harris, and Lansing-area members in the Lee Walker Conference Room on the atrium level of Constitution Hall, 525 West Allegan Street, Lansing. There will be a public comment period at both locations beginning at 11 a.m.

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

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 overall U.P. energy issues and alternatives is due to Gov. Whitmer by March 31, 2021.

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