Cloverland Electric Cooperative is following Tuesday’s announcement of President Trump’s executive order on the Clean Power Plan and other energy regulations. The order protects families and businesses from the potentially devastating impacts of the Clean Power Plan implemented by the former administration. The Plan has been legally challenged with the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a stay last year giving the new administration time to review the rules.
“We are hopeful that today’s executive order will influence the decision by Wisconsin Energy to close the Presque Isle Power Plant (PIPP) by 2020,” said Dan Dasho, Cloverland’s President and CEO. Cloverland is still involved in a case pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning the costs to run PIPP in 2014 to 2015. FERC has three vacancies that have to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate before the case can be decided.
“This executive order could reduce the pressure to close PIPP and continue its operation providing affordable electricity for the Upper Peninsula for many years to come. The Governor’s office is looking for energy solutions for the Upper Peninsula, and keeping the Presque Isle Plant open should be considered,” stated Dasho.