MPSC sets public hearing for January on Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp.'s integrated resource plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 30, 2021

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The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in January to hear public input on an Upper Peninsula energy provider's long-range integrated resource plan (IRP) for providing electricity service to residential and business customers.

Commissioners and MPSC Staff will conduct the public hearing on Upper Michigan Energy Resource Corp.'s (UMERC) IRP on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, 4-7 p.m. Central Standard Time at Fornetti Hall at Bay College's West Campus, 2801 U.S.-2 in Iron Mountain.

MPSC Chair Dan Scripps, Commissioners Tremaine Phillips and Katherine Peretick, and MPSC Staff will be on hand to hear from customers of UMERC and other members of the public about the utility's IRP, which outlines how the electric utility intends to provide reliable service over the next 20 years. MPSC Staff will provide an overview of UMERC's proposal.

The goal of the hearings is to take public comment on UMERC's long-range forecasts for ensuring reliable service over the next 20 years, with specific requirements for reporting 5-, 10- and 15-year projections. A subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, UMERC services more than 42,000 customers in the central and western Upper Peninsula.

"We look forward to hearing from Yoopers served by UMERC about the utility's long-term energy plans," Scripps said. "This is a chance for UMERC's customers to speak directly to the Commission and have their thoughts and concerns heard."

IRPs were established under Michigan's 2016 energy laws and must be filed by each electric utility whose rates are regulated by the MPSC. UMERC filed its application for approval of its IRP in October, and it remains pending before the Commission in Case No. U-21081.

Background information about integrated resource planning is available in an MPSC issue brief. More detailed information about the UMERC IRP hearing is available in the MPSC's public notice.

People who have mobility, visual, hearing, or other disabilities should contact the MPSC's Executive Secretary at 517-284-8090 in advance of the forum to request assistance.

As a COVID-19 safety measure, Bay College requires all visitors to campus to wear a face mask when indoors on college property. Public hearing attendees unable to comply with this requirement are encouraged to file comments in writing instead.

Comments by attendees will become part of the public record, and a transcript of the hearing will be filed in the case docket. Written and electronic comments may be submitted to Commission by email at mpscedockets@michigan.gov or mailed to Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, 7109 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI, 48917. All comments should reference Case No. U-21081. A transcript of the public hearing will be filed in the case docket.

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