Integrated resource plan (IRP)
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Each electric utility, whose rates are regulated by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), must file a detailed integrated resource plan with the commission. IRPs are electricity system planning efforts that outline how the utility intends to meet its future electric power needs by the most reasonable and prudent means.
The IRP addresses resource needs, policy goals, physical and operational constraints and proposed resource choices, and provides transparency to customers and stakeholders on potential, future resource decisions.
An integral component of the IRP is the system modeling the utility performs to determine its most cost-effective resource mix to meet its customers’ electric energy and capacity needs.
The plan is “integrated” in that it looks at both demand-side resources (conservation, energy efficiency, demand response programs) as well as traditional supply-side resources (electric generation facilities/plants) in making assessments on how to best meet future electric energy needs.
Take our IRP survey or attend an open house
Public engagement in the development of UMERC’s IRP is a required component of the utility’s planning process.
We encourage you to provide feedback on resource planning by taking part in our IRP survey before May 5 or attending a virtual open house.
Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC) is a Michigan regulated electric and natural gas utility formed on Jan. 1, 2017.
Located entirely in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, UMERC, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, serves more than 42,000 energy customers.
UMERC provides retail electric service to the Michigan electric customers formerly served by Wisconsin Electric Power Company (doing business as We Energies) in the service area located in Alger, Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Marquette, Menominee and Ontonagon Counties.
It also provides retail electric and natural gas service to the Michigan electric and natural gas customers formerly served by Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) in the service area located in Menominee County, Michigan.
UMERC customer service providers
Customer service is provided to UMERC customers by We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service in the areas the two energy providers served before UMERC’s formation.
UMERC customer service centers are located at 800 Industrial Park Drive, Iron Mountain, Michigan, and 1717 10th Ave., Menominee, Michigan.
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