U.P. Energy Users CoalitionU P Energy Users Coalition (4)

The Upper Peninsula is facing an energy crisis with the impending retirement of the Presque Isle Power Plant, EPA regulatory requirements, changes to the Local Balancing Authority (LBA) and other factors that may dramatically impact the cost of doing business or turning on the lights at home.

This issue is a top priority for the State of Michigan, utilities, regulators and transmission companies who all have a role to play. What seems to be missing is a collective voice of those that use and pay for power at the end of the day – the energy users.  A coalition of users with a single voice can better collaborate with those involved to find the best solution for the region.

The U.P. Energy Users Coalition allows stakeholders to:

  • Better address the energy issue if concerned parties are working together
  • Increase the likelihood that regional input is factored into any strategy
  • Increase the coherence, strength and effectiveness of the region’s response to the crisis
  • Open and candid discussions from a “users” only group

Concerned private sector companies and large energy users in Region 1 want to share a single voice for the Upper Peninsula regarding the future of energy availability, reliability and affordability.  This group, co-chaired by NMU President Fritz Erickson and MTU President Glenn Mroz, is in the process of recruiting members who will be negatively affected by this energy crisis and want to work collaboratively to the  solve short and long term issues being faced.


  • Total Employment Impact of Coalition:  23,658
  • Total Payroll Impact of Coalition: $884,382,479
  • Total University Students of Coalition: 18,476



Boss Products
Calumet Electronics Corporation
Champion, Inc
Cliffs Natural Resources
Dickinson Healthcare
Eagle Mine
Eagle Radio
J.M. Longyear
Koppers Performance Chemicals
Michigan Technological University
Minerick Logging
New Page
Northcare Network
Northern Hardwoods
Northern Michigan University
OSF St. Francis Hospital
Potlatch Corporation
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
U.P. Commission for Area Progress
U.P. Health System – Marquette
U.P. Health System – Bell
U.P. Health System – Portage

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Want to get involved? Wondering what you can do?

Contact your local legislators!

U.S. Senate

Gary Peters

SRC-2 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510-2202
Lansing Office: (517) 377-1508
Website – Contact
Debbie Stabenow
133 Hart Senate Building
Washington D.C. 20510
(202) 224-4822
U.P. Office: (906) 228-8756
Website – Email

U.S. House of Representatives

Jack Bergman
414 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202.225.3580

State Senate

Casperson_head Tom Casperson

705 Farnum Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7840
Website – Email

Wayne Schmidt

820 Farnum Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7840

State House of Representatives


Sara Cambensy
S1488 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-0498
Scott Dianda
S1489 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-0850
Lee Chatfield
Lee Chatfield
251 Capitol Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-2629
Beau LaFave
S-1487 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-0156