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U.P. Energy Task Force Holds First Meeting

The new U.P. Energy Task Force met for the first time yesterday.

The group was established by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to find sustainable ways to provide more reliable and less expensive energy in the Upper Peninsula. Members include energy providers and users, along with consumer and environmental advocates. In the introductory session, some ideas were offered…

That’s Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association CEO Tom Harrell. Some concerns were brought up – notably about the notorious Line Five pipeline – and not just regarding where it crosses the Straits of Mackinac…

That’s Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council President Chris Swartz, who noted that Tribal leaders in the Straits area remain very concerned about the effects of a potential leak there.

Other local members of the Task Force include David Camps, of Hancock, the owner of Blue Terra Energy, and Roman Sidortsov, an assistant professor of energy at Michigan Technological University.

The next step for the Task Force will be to establish a series of public meetings around the U.P. The group is charged with developing a propane plan by March 31st, 2020; and a comprehensive energy plan by March 31st, 2021.

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