Area homes are saddled with higher average electricity rates than those found in other parts of the state. A recent report from the UP Energy Task Force says in some cases, they are the highest in the country. Governor Gretchen Whitmer set up a panel to look at ways to reduce prices while shoring up the power grid to continue to provide energy for all customers. Last week they put out their recommendations, including to embrace renewable energy sources.

The report says pushback is a concern. “One of the challenges facing renewable energy development in the U.P. has been resistance to siting renewable energy in a community, as evidenced by the experience involving a proposed large solar project in Escanaba Township and that involving a proposed

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