Yesterday I attended the U.P. Energy Summit at NMU in Marquette.
With all the concern about increasing electrical rates, this was a standing room only event. Every interest and stakeholder was there except you know who. Very interesting questions and answers. In my opinion, the immediate problem is to hold the rate increase in abeyance while sorting out what is fair and equitable. The long-term solution has to be reliable, affordable and environmentally sensitive.
This is another example where the best answers are not found in Washington, DC. Michigan must control the outcome of this problem; our Congressman must be an advocate! The eastern UP gets little benefit from the Presque Isle plant and should be exempt from any rate increase. Uniting both peninsulas of Michigan for electrical power should be part of any long-term solution. The Presque Isle plant is a critical part of any future strategy along with gas, bio-mass and green. More to follow.