Upper Peninsula Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan

An IRP is a comprehensive long-range plan illustrating how a utility will provide reliable, affordable and clean electric service to its customers.

UPPCO Case U-20350

UPPCO submitted its plan to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in February. Highlights include:

  • UPPCO’s proposal states that 56% of its energy will be sourced from renewable solar and hydroelectric resources by the year 2022.
  • The plan calls for the construction of 125 megawatts of new utility scale solar, 20 megawatts of new natural gas fired generation and continued reliance on the company’s existing hydrogeneration assets.
  • The company also plans to retire its existing oil-fired plants.
  • Other issues, such as lifting the cap on rooftop solar connections to the utility, may be addressed by the public.

Who is Involved in the Legal Proceedings?

After an electric utility files their IRP, there is an opportunity for interested parties, including individual customers of the company, to weigh in on the plan. The MPSC takes this all into consideration as it makes its decision to approve the plan, recommend changes, or deny the plan.

In the current UPPCO IRP case, there are five different interveners that are involved and representing their interests:

  • Attorney General Dana Nessel, the State of Michigan’s consumer advocate.
  • Citizens Against Rate Excess (CARE), a nonprofit organization that represents residential ratepayers of investor-owned electric utilities in the U.P.
  • Association of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity (ABATE), a group that represents the interests of large industrial and commercial energy users in Michigan.
  • Verso Corporation, a Delaware corporation who operates an Escanaba paper mill that gets their power from UPPCO.
  • Circle Power LLC, a renewable energy development company based in Michigan.

How Can Individual UPPCO Residential Customers Get Involved?

Attend the Public Forum

All three MPSC Commissioners and representatives from UPPCO will be participating in a Community Forum:

When: 4:00-5:30 pm or 5:45-7:00 pm on Friday, May 17, 2019

Where: 952 Bays Conference Room
Heirman University Center
Bay de Noc Community College
2001 N. Lincoln Rd.,Escanaba, MI 49829

You will hear presentations from UPPCO and have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the Commissioners on how UPPCOs rates and energy plans will affect you as a customer.

Submit a Comment

Mail to:
Executive Secretary
MI Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 30221
Lansing, MI 48909

Email to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov

Include case #20350 in all correspondence

Upcoming Important Dates

  • June 14, 2019: MPSC Staff and Case Interveners will submit their testimonies in the case.
  • July 8, 2019: UPPCO is required to respond to the issues raised in the testimony.
  • July 17-19 and July 22, 2019: There will be a hearing to cross exam all parties and all testimony.