MARQUETTE, Mich, (WZMQ) – The Marquette Board of Light and Power met Tuesday to discuss plans for the upcoming fiscal year.
There was also discussion about the new Michigan energy legislation signed into law this week.
The new legislation requires 50% clean or renewable energy by 2030, 60% by 2035, and 100% by 2040.
Many expressed concerns about how the legislation will affect Marquette’s new energy center which began operation in 2018.
Some were also worried that Marquette may not have the space to support new wind and solar sites.
BLP Executive Director Tom Carpenter said they are still working on a plan to meet the state requirements.
“Everything is pretty new,” said Carpenter, “we are going to have to do a lot of planning and analysis to see where we’re going to go with this. We have a brand-new power plant that we built and went online five years ago. It’s going to be a challenge to see how that fits into this new legislation and what we’re going to do with that.”
The BLP will be taking a closer look at the legislation and beginning their planning during the coming weeks.