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We Energies asks to close UP plant

MILWAUKEE (AP) – We Energies could shut down its power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula unless it works out a deal with the Midwest power grid operator.

In a filing with securities regulators, the Milwaukee-based utility has asked the operator of the Midwest wholesale power market to allow it to suspend operation of the Marquette, Mich., in February through May 2015 unless the power is needed for reliability reasons.

Midcontinent Independent System Operator could wind up paying We Energies to keep the plant running. We Energies has about 1 million customers in Wisconsin and Michigan. About 28,000 are in the U.P.

The Journal Sentinel says We Energies lost more than 85 percent of energy demand in Michigan when the operator of two mines and other customers switched to alternative power suppliers under the state’s electricity choice program.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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