Escanaba??s city council was given an electrical update Wednesday night. Members from the Electrical Advisory Committee discussed current and ongoing topics.
A presentation was given, updating the committee on Escanaba??s wholesale energy costs and market conditions.
Within the past five years, the city of Escanaba has greatly changed their power supply source. Officials say the city used to produce 80 percent of their own energy. Now, Escanaba purchases 100 percent of it.
Escanaba's electric superintendant explained expected transmission and market function costs using a power point presentation.
"I also showed how our rates compared to other communities in the U.P. Our rates are looking pretty competitive right now, and we believe we will be able to hold those rates pretty steady for the next four years,?? explains Mike Furmanski, Electric Superintendent to the City of Escanaba.
Other topics discussed included the power plant purchase agreement, general operations of the electric department, and the energy optimization program.