An unlikely legal win by neighbors of a Michigan wind farm would have the potential to chill wind energy development in the state, legal experts say.
U.P. ratepayers could see $24 million refund for coal plant payments; fraud claims against Wisconsin utility unsettled
Ratepayers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could see up to a $24 million refund for costs they have paid to continue running a Wisconsin utility’s aging coal plant in Marquette, federal regulators ruled Thursday.
Discussions on how to improve reliability and lower costs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may be overlooking some key opportunities, according to experts following the issue closely.
A group of Michigan entities wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to investigate and take “remedial action” against Wisconsin Electric Power Co. for “manipulating” corporate documents in an effort to recoup $1.4 million from ratepayers on upgrades it made to an Upper Peninsula coal plant.
As a utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula plans for future generation to replace aging coal infrastructure, some critics say the process is moving too fast.
As Michigan’s Upper Peninsula grapples with designing a long-term energy plan, some legislators and developers are seeking a renaissance of the region’s once-strong mining industry. Such a resurgence would provide economic benefits, and it would require more energy.