Lawmaker urges investment in energy creation, assist U.P. residents
State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced a resolution today that encourages legislative support for the construction of new electricity generating facilities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Currently, U.P. residents are paying increasingly large sums to keep the Presque Isle Power Plant (PIPP) a coal-fired plant in Marquette open and operating. With a capacity of more than 400 megawatts, the PIPP is the region’s largest energy supplier north of Green Bay, Wis.
“The cost of keeping the PIPP operating in our region is above and beyond what our residents can afford, and its closure is imminent,” said Dianda. “Without the creation of a new, more efficient power source once the PIPP is shut down, the U.P. will be forced to rely on the construction of transmission lines to import power from Wisconsin. This is an expensive option that will inhibit economic growth, and will likely fail to meet the region’s future demand for capacity.”
Dianda’s resolution recommends investment in natural gas, renewable energy and distributed generation, stating that natural gas, solar, wind and small, localized electric facilities are more reliable, and could be more cost-effective than the alternative option of building transmission lines across state borders.
“The creation of new energy facilities in the U.P. will keep our energy costs in check, and spur economic growth in our region by creating a multitude of jobs,” Dianda said. “I am hopeful that my fellow legislators will see the importance of this resolution, and support the growth of the U.P.’s energy sector. I also hope that Michigan’s energy companies will recognize the opportunity for growth in our region, and begin the process of setting up shop in the U.P.”
Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you so that together, we can continue to make progress in our community.
S1489 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-0850
Fax: (517) 373-9303
Legislator pushes bill to appropriate $10 million to make U.P. whole
Joint legislation names Ontonagon County Veterans Memorial Bridge
Bill would give $10 million to counties facing state of emergency
Legislation would give locals first shot at snow removal equipment
Sign up for my E-newsletter Updates
Welcome to my website!
I’m state Representative Scott Dianda, and I serve Michigan’s 110th House District.
Thank you for visiting my website. I’m truly honored to represent you and our community in Lansing. As your state representative, I’m here to fight for what’s important to you and your family. Please contact me if I can help you resolve any problems related to state government.
State Representative Scott Dianda
110th House District