- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Upper Peninsula electricity customers aren’t on the hook for paying most of a $97 million annual rate increase to operate a coal-fired power plant in Marquette.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission postponed a decision to determine the share Michigan ratepayers pay to cover Presque Isle Power Plant operations. A Friday ruling by the commission says the application for the increase needs more information.

Michigan Public Service Commission spokeswoman Judy Palnau says a decision moves from Monday to March 1. Still, she says, Michigan ratepayers “will get three additional months of protection from the huge cost increases.”

Plant spokesman Brian Manthey says the delay is “positive” as officials determine who benefits from the plant and who pays. Parent company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based We Energies, earlier sought to retire the plant.

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