electricity

Paying for Outdated Power Plant
3:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Regulators Ask For More Details in Upper Michigan Power Dispute

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.

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Keeping the Lights On
3:13 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

WPS Plans Underground Powerline Installation

WPS is hoping to improve electricity reliability by getting power lines out of the way of trees.
Credit James Lee

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.

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