Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force holds first meeting

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force held their first meeting on Tuesday at Northern Michigan University. The group met in the Northern Center, with a small group of the public in attendance.

The task force was created after Governor Gretchen Whitmer mandated it in June. The hope is to address the Upper Peninsula's energy needs and discuss potential solutions, including potential alternatives to Line 5.

This first meeting was for organizational purposes, and for members to introduce themselves and discuss their interests within the task force.

The Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force is given projects called 'deliverables' - which serve as benchmarks for work being done. The first is due in March of 2020, and will discuss disruptions in the Upper Peninsula's energy supplies.

More meeting dates and times will be announced this week. All meetings are open to the public.

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