Energy panel to meet in UP

LANSING – The U.P. Energy Task Force has scheduled a working session on Tuesday at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

The meeting will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time in Harden Hall Room 109 and will include an opportunity for public comment. The public can also submit comments to EGLE-UPEnergy@Michigan.gov.

People who need special assistance to participate in the meeting can contact Kimber Frantz at 517-284-5035 in advance of the event.

All comments and presentations from the Task Force’s meetings will be considered by Task Force members as they work to accomplish the goals outlined in Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order:

— Assess the U.P.’s overall energy needs and how they are being met.

— Formulate alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.’s energy needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness. This includes, but is not limited to, alternative means to supply the energy sources used by U.P. residents, and alternatives to those energy sources.

— Identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the U.P.; the economic, environmental, and other impacts of such changes; and alternatives for meeting the U.P.’s energy needs due to such changes.

The Task Force must submit a plan to the governor by March 31, focused on alternative means to supply propane to the U.P. It is required to submit the remainder of its report by March 31, 2021.

Follow the activities of the U.P. Energy Task Force at Michigan.gov/UPEnergyTaskForce.