The task force's Phase II report and recommendations have been finalized and were submitted to the governor's office on March 31, 2021. The final report and recommendations are posted on Michigan.gov/UPEnergyTaskForce.
Among the report’s 16 recommendations:
- Encourage electric providers to participate in an Upper Peninsula-wide electric plan.
- Modernize the electrical grid to allow wider use of advanced meter technology.
- Promote energy waste reduction and broadband expansion.
- Offer residential programs for energy upgrade grants and early purchase of propane.
- Develop renewable energy, energy storage and electric vehicle charging.
- Examine the rate disparity between customer classes.
- Create brownfield and state land inventory for energy infrastructure development.
The report also discusses energy use characteristics, how the region gets its energy, natural gas and electric service providers, rates by provider and how they compare to state and national averages, and energy use by sectors.
Pursuant to Executive Order 2019-14, 90 days after the submittal of the final report, the UP Energy Task Force will be dissolved.