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UPPCO Holding Public Forum In Hancock

Keweenaw area energy customers are being invited to attend a public forum Thursday afternoon in Hancock.

The Upper Peninsula Power Company is holding a series of stakeholder forums across the U.P. and is seeking public input on its integrated resource plan.


Thursday’s Open House is the second of four open houses taking place across the Upper Peninsula, where customers of UPPCO will be able to give their input, ask questions and address concerns regarding the power company’s future plans.

UPPCO Spokesman Brett French says that the information obtained from the discussions will be added to the plan that’s expected to be issued within the next few months.

French said, “We will be utilizing the feedback and the input that we get from the customers and stakeholders and ultimately we will be producing a plan that we submit to the Michigan Public Service Commission for their review, consideration and ultimately an order. We expect that our plan will be issued probably sometime in the second quarter of this year.”

Thursday’s forum will be held at 3:00 P.M. at the Jutila Center and is expected to last until 7:00.

French said, “At these forums customers will have an opportunity to learn more about our integrated resource planning process and where our energy will come from to meet our future needs.”

Two additional open houses will be held next week–one in Ishpeming and the other in Munising.

French said, “How much of our energy should come from renewable resources, how much of it should come from traditional sources like natural gas fired, coal fired, nuclear, how much of it should be met through energy efficiency, energy waste reduction initiatives–those are the kinds of questions that we are attempting to answer through our integrated resource planning process.”

More information can be obtained at www.uppco.com.

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