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.
In the small town of Ewen in the Upper Peninsula, a wilderness art camp is well underway.
It’s called the Visitors Center Artists Camp. This week about fifteen artists are gathered for the camp’s first run. They’ll be firing ceramics and pouring metal using simple and sustainable methods, and having an arts festival at the end of the week. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with two of the organizers behind the project to hear about how it began.
Controversy continues over a proposed iron mine in Iron and Ashland counties.
While Wisconsin hasn’t seen an open pit mine in a while, some neighboring states have. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to a pair of open pit iron mines that have been operating for several decades.
Standing on the edge of Empire Mine is like looking into an amphitheater far too big for any performance. It’s a mile wide and a mile across. 1200 feet deep. I start wondering how many swimming pools it would take to fill it.