A local organization determined to come up with a solution to the energy crisis in the Copper Country is ready to present their plan. The Keweenaw Renewable Energy Coalition have drafted the first version of an energy security and efficiency plan for Houghton and Keweenaw counties. The plan is scheduled to be presented to the public next Tuesday at the U.P. Energy Summit in Marquette. Sam Lockwood from the KREC says the plan will include forms of wind, solar and biomass to slowly but surely reduce the cost of creating energy locally. But building the power plants will take some time.
Lockwood adds that not only will this help with energy prices, but job creation will also result from implementing this plan.
Prices were set to increase by 71% as early as December 1st, but support from Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow to stop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s ruling on the Presque Isle Power Plant may help buy some time for the KREC to get their plan in place.