The Upper Peninsula’s dependence on propane is a factor in the state’s debate over the future of the Line 5 natural gas pipeline.
Critics says the Upper Peninsula Power Co. is promoting its own large solar project while discouraging rooftop projects.
Residents were divided over the 49-turbine project, which was awaiting the results of a local referendum scheduled for May 7.
Previous cost estimates have not been updated since the state proposed a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac.
The remaining six weeks of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s eight-year term will be crucial for the Line 5 pipeline.