Electric company requests increase in base rates

NEGAUNEE — An electric company serving many parts of the Upper Peninsula is requesting an increase in its electric base rates for next year.

The Upper Peninsula Power Company announced that it has applied for permission from the Michigan Public Service Commission to raise the rates by 6.45 percent. UPPCO officials say the effect on customers will vary.

In one example, average residential customers using 500 kilowatts will see an increase of less than ten dollars on their bill each month, or around 33 cents a day. Start–up costs to help operate UPPCO as an independent U.P. utility and investments in safety and reliability are cited as reasons for requesting the increase.

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Caleb M. Scanlon is a reporter for ABC 10 / CW 5 and joined the news team in 2015. He grew up in Negaunee, where he attended Negaunee High School. Caleb completed his Bachelor's degree in Media Production and New Technologies from Northern Michigan University with a minor in Communication Studies. Caleb interned with ABC 10 / CW 5 in the fall of 2014. During his free time, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, his kids Fred and Lucy, and his cats Scotty, Remus, and Fitzgerald. Caleb plays a multitude of musical instruments and performs in a band called Concord Through Keys. When there isn't snow on the ground, Caleb can often be found at Al-Quaal playing disc golf.

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