Governor Appoints UP Energy Task Force

This advisory body to the Governor, within the Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will be comprised of at least 13 members appointed by the Governor, all of whom must be Michigan residents and possess relevant expertise. The group is tasked with submitting a propane plan in part to the Governor by March 31, 2020 that will focus on alternative means to supply propane in the event of a Line 5 shutdown and submitting a final report by March 31, 2021.

Paul Ajegba, of Ann Arbor, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. The Director may choose a designee from within the department to serve in his place.

Kristopher Bowman, of Gulliver, president of Bowman Gas Company in Gulliver.

David Camps, of Hancock, owner and operator of Blue Terra Energy in Hancock.

Liesl Eichler Clark, of Howell, Director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. The Director may choose a designee from within the department to serve in her place. Director Clark will serve as Chairperson of the Task Force.

Mike Furmanski, of Escanaba, electric superintendent for the City of Escanaba.   

Thomas Harrell, of Gladstone, CEO of Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association in Gladstone.

Michael Larson, of Marquette, Upper Peninsula operations manager at Michigan Energy Options.

Emily Leach, of Marquette, program manager at Superior Watershed Partnership.

Jennifer Hill, of Marquette, Marquette City Commissioner and a contractor with Citizens Utility Board of Michigan.

Douglas Jester, of East Lansing, partner at 5 Lakes Energy and has testified before the Michigan Public Service Commission on behalf of CARE, a consumer protection intervener.

James Kochevar, of Marquette, general manager for Cleveland Cliffs’ iron ore mining and processing location in Ishpeming.

Michael Nystrom, of East Lansing, executive vice president and secretary for Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

Tanya Paslawski, of East Lansing, president of the Michigan Electric and Gas Association and the executive director of the Organization of MISO States, Inc.  

Mike Prusi, of Ishpeming, Director of Governor Whitmer’s Northern Michigan Office.

Anthony Retaskie, of Marquette, Executive Director of the UP Construction Council.

Major General Paul Rogers, of Farmington Hills, the Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Director may choose a designee from within the department to serve in his place.

Dan Scripps, of Northport, Commissioner on the Michigan Public Service Commission. Commissioner Scripps will serve as designee of Commissioner Sally Talberg, Chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission.  

Roman Sidortsov, of Hancock, assistant professor of energy at Michigan Technological University.

Warren “Chris” Swartz, of Baraga, president of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and a tribal council member.

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