Upper Peninsula Power Company owns and operates 7 hydroelectric dams producing renewable energy and 4 storage reservoirs. They are located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the Dead River, Escanaba, Ontonagon and Sturgeon rivers.

The company’s hydro assets offer recreational opportunities on land and water, helps support local tax bases and programs and services provided to the public and schools, results in jobs and economic activity from operation and maintenance of the facilities and provides fish and wildlife habitat. Hydropower is fully dispatchable and “always on” compared to other types of renewable energy. There are no waste or fuel storage issues with hydroelectric power. In a previous Michigan Renewable Energy Program annual report, electric customers understood that hydropower is a “clean, safe, reliable and renewable way to generate electricity.” Further, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated in a publication that “hydropower is renewable, clean, reliable and flexible.”

How Hydro Power Works

Hydro power plants harness the energy of falling water to make electricity. A dam backs up the water, creating a deep reservoir and a higher fall of water. In other words, the reservoir is a form of stored energy. When the water is released, its force turns a turbine. The turbine turns a generator, where electricity is produced.

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