Feds order new way to pay for Presque Isle Power Plant by mid-April

DAFTER — By mid-April, the people that run the Midwest’s regional power grid will have to find a new way to pay the operating costs of Marquette’s Presque Isle Power Plant.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered the Midcontinent Independent System Operator to come up with a new method within 60 days.

According to a statement from Cloverland Electric Cooperative, MISO will have to re-evaluate who benefits from the plant and then create a plan that assigns the plant’s operating costs to those people or groups.

Cloverland had been arguing that their customers in the eastern U.P. don’t benefit from the plant and shouldn’t have to foot part of the bill for keeping it open.