U.P. Energy Task Force

Nicole Walton

MARQUETTE, MI--   The UP Energy Task Force met at Northern Michigan University Tuesday to talk about how propane would be supplied to customers in the event of a disruption in service.

Eighteen percent, or about 22,000 households in the Upper Peninsula, use propane as a primary heating source.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The U.P. Energy Task Force is meeting in Marquette Tuesday. 

The working session will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in NMU's Harden Hall (the library building) room 109. It will include the opportunity for public comment.

The group is tasked with assessing the U.P.’s energy needs and how they’re being met, then formulating alternative solutions for meeting those needs.

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Propane pricing and customer protections are on the agenda this week at a U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Escanaba. 

Wednesday's meeting at Bay de Noc Community College is open to the public to comment on energy issues in the Upper Peninsula.

The task force is assessing overall energy needs in the U.P. and how they are being met. It also is tasked with identifying and evaluating potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution.

Superior Watershed Partnership

LANSING, MI--    Governor Gretchen Whitmer has appointed an Upper Peninsula woman to the U.P. Energy Task Force. 

Tonya Swenor of Marquette is the energy assistance program manager for the Superior Watershed Partnership. She assists low-income families with energy bills and household energy efficiency programs.

Swenor replaces Emily Leach, who resigned.

HANCOCK, MI--   Three energy providers are scheduled to give presentations at the U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Hancock Friday. 

The task force was established by an executive order to explore ways to improve energy reliability and affordability in the U.P. It will first focus on methods of providing propane to residents besides Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

Plains Midstream Canada will give its presentation at 10:30 a.m.; Enbridge will present at 11 a.m.; and SEMCO Energy Gas Company will give its talk at noon.

HANCOCK, MI--   The U.P. Energy Task Force has scheduled a listening session at its meeting in Hancock Friday. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the task force to assess the U.P.’s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met; formulate alternative solutions for meeting those needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness; and identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the U.P.