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Connecting to out-of-UP power sources not cost effective, study says

LANSING, MI--   A state study indicates the benefits of updating power transmission links at Sault Ste. Marie and the Straits of Mackinac are outweighed by the cost.

Commissioned by Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Agency for Energy, the study evaluated the possible cost savings, reliability, and adequacy of strengthening ties at those points.

Results show those options would not lower costs for U.P. utility customers, who pay some of the highest electric rates in the nation. The study also found a 100-watt generator sited near Pine River in the Eastern U.P. would be a low-cost option for producing power.

The study results come as the Michigan Public Service Commission last week approved a plan for the construction of power plants in Baraga and Negaunee Townships. Also last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that U.P. customers will pay $23 million less to keep the Presque Isle Power Plant running. 

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.
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