Upper Peninsula customers won’t see an electric rate increase this week, as federal regulators wait for more information about the region’s electricity use.
When mining company Cliffs Natural Resources switched to a cheaper source of power, there wasn’t much demand left for WE Energies’ Presque Isle Power Plant near Marquette. But a regional regulator called MISO said the plant couldn’t shut down it would compromise the reliability of the grid.
Public utility regulators have approved a $220 million project to bury certain power lines.
Wisconsin Public Service plans to convert more than a thousand miles of overhead power lines to underground ones. Todd Steffen from WPS says the project should create more reliable electric service for Northwoods customers.