The UP switches from coal-fueled power to natural gas, allowing for retirement of Presque Ilse Power Plant

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich., March 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — WEC Energy Group’s subsidiary, Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC), began commercial operation of the A.J. Mihm Generating Station and the F.D. Kuester Generating Station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan March 31. The new natural gas-powered generating stations replace the energy from the company’s coal-fueled Presque Isle Power Plant that was retired the same day.

“The new generating stations are good for our customers, good for business and good for electric reliability throughout the U.P.,” said Kevin Fletcher, president and chief executive officer of WEC Energy Group. “Closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant also helps achieve our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, well ahead of our 2030 target.”

Plans for this transition date back to 2015 when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a call to action to solve the Upper Peninsula’s energy crisis. WEC Energy Group answered that call and developed a reliable, affordable and clean energy solution.

WEC Energy Group funded the $275 million investment. Half of the investment will be recovered through a 20-year agreement with Cliffs Natural Resources. The other half will be recovered in retail electric rates.

The state-of-the-art generating stations are expected to save UMERC customers nearly $600 million over the next 30 years. The new stations will eliminate the need for additional transmission capacity as well as upgrades that would have been needed at the aged Presque Isle Power Plant if it had continued to operate.

Presque Isle Power Plant’s closure is part of WEC Energy Group’s larger plan to reshape its generation fleet to balance reliability and customer cost with environmental stewardship. Plans for the future use of the retired coal plant site will be developed as the company continues to evaluate potential uses for the property.

Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC), with offices in Menominee and Iron Mountain, serves nearly 36,500 electric and 5,300 natural gas customers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. UMERC is a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group. Visit the UMERC website at uppermichiganenergy.com. Learn more about WEC Energy Group at wecenergygroup.com.

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SOURCE Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp.

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