Energy task force discusses upcoming plans

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MARQUETTE, MI (MPRN)--   The UP Energy Task Force held its first meeting in Marquette this week to discuss energy needs in the Upper Peninsula.

At the meeting the 19-member board discussed what it hoped to tackle over the coming months.

Mike Prusi is with the Governor’s Northern Michigan Office. He says he’s interested in learning about rates.

“How did the UP end up with such disparate utility rates? Why do we pay more than pretty much anywhere else in the country?” he said.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force will meet for the first time at Northern Michigan University Tuesday.

The group was created by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who says the task force will 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.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is establishing a task force to assess energy needs in the state's Upper Peninsula.  

Among its top priorities will be finding a way to distribute propane across the region without utilizing Enbridge's Inc.'s Line 5 oil pipeline, the focus of a dispute between Whitmer and the Canadian company.

They're arguing over a proposal to dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to replace an underwater segment of Line 5, which the Democratic governor says poses an "unacceptable risk" of an oil spill.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials say Michigan residents who heat their homes with propane should lock in prices now instead of waiting until it gets cold.  

Executive Director Valerie Brader of the Michigan Agency for Energy says signing contracts early can produce significant savings for customers.

About 8 percent of Michigan households use propane as their primary heating fuel. Michigan has more residential propane customers than any other state.