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BARAGA– Upper Michigan Energy Resources is proposing a $275 million investment on two generator stations in Baraga and Negaunee Townships.
If approved, the stations would replace and retire the coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette. One of the goals is to have a long-term solution that ensures electric reliability in the U.P.
Tonight, a presentation was held in Baraga to give people who live near the proposed location a chance to know of the possible changes as well as ask questions.
Terry Carroll, project manager says, “It’s a long process. It’s about a year long process to plan a project like this and to go through the overall state permitting and then a two year process to build it.”
Amy Jahns, Upper Michigan Energy Resources Spokesperson says, “These power generating stations are cost effective. We’re really looking to have a long term generation solution for the reliability issues in the U.P. And this project is something that we hope will be approved and will be able to help those reliability issues in the U.P.”
When looking for a possible location, the project manager wanted to find an area with the least amount of trees to possibly take down to help preserve the natural beautification of the Upper Peninsula.
Another meeting will be held at the Negaunee Township Hall tomorrow night at six to talk about the proposed station there.