Cloverland Receives Refund: Still Facing Potential Costs

Cloverland Electric has received word that it will receive a refund of approximately $550,000 of the $20 million that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently determined that Wisconsin Energy over collected in operating the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette. Cloverland has been protesting the costs since 2014 when it was announced that upper peninsula residents would be responsible for $65 million in costs for one year to keep the power plant in operation.

In mid-October, FERC issued an order stating that the costs were unjust and unreasonable and ordered the refund. After the refund, a balance of approximately $45 million must be paid. Cloverland has received notice from the regional transmission organization MISO, that an invoice for approximately $6.2 million will be sent in December. A case pending in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals could impact that number.

“We are requesting the Circuit Court eliminate any charges to Cloverland,” said President and CEO Dan Dasho.” The case will decide if FERC has the legal authority to determine electric rates back to 2014. Cloverland is arguing that FERC does not have retroactive rate making authority. “We will continue to fight to reduce or eliminate these costs to Cloverland members,” stated Dasho.

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