Michigan is asking its electric grid – known as MISO – to study ways to make electricity more reliable in the U.P.
MISO manages electric transmission in 15 U.S. states, including Michigan, and the Canadian province of Manitoba.
State energy officials have asked MISO to study the benefit of connecting the U.P. to Ontario's grid, and improving the U.P.'s connections to the Lower Peninsula.
Judy Palnau, spokeswoman for the Michigan Public Service Commission, says that could improve reliability and reduce costs.