Presque Isle Power Plant To Stay Open

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Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The power grid operator in the U.S. Midwest has denied Wisconsin Energy’s request to close the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette in February.

According to a published report by Reuters, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, the regional power grid operator, determined the plant must continue operating to maintain the reliability of the power system on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

WE Energies is now in discussions with MISO to compensate the company to keep the plant operating.  MISO has determined customers of privately held American Transmission Company are responsible for paying the operating cost of the power plant.

ATC had proposed several projects for the U.P. but noted the projects anticipated the continued operation of the Presque Isle plant.

WE Energies wanted to shut down the plant after losing a big customer, Cliffs Natural Resources, which operates two iron ore mines in the area.

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