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MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company says significant rainfall and cooler temperatures this summer could mean lower bills next year.

UPPCO CEO Jim Larsen says the extra rainfall has increased the water levels in the company’s hydroelectric reservoirs. That allowed additional generators to run over the summer.

Larsen says combined with the wet spring, UPPCO produced about 57 percent more electricity than a typical year. The additional energy being produced reduces the need for energy purchases, which will lower the overall cost to customers.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   UPPCO and the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area are teaming up Friday to teach the public about combating invasive aquatic species.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Thunderstorms have knocked out power to nearly 10,000 customers throughout the Upper Peninsula.

The storms crossed the U.P. Sunday night, producing strong winds and frequent lightning.

Upper Peninsula Power Company says only about 26 residences in its service area are affected.  Wisconsin-based WE Energies is trying to restore power to nearly 3,300 customers in Dickinson and Delta Counties. Cloverland Electric says about 6,600 residents in the Eastern and Central U.P. were affected as of last night.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is warning its customers about yet another phone scam.

Officials say the scammer tells the customer they need to call back a certain phone number because a technician is on the way to their home to disconnect the power. The customer is instructed to purchase a prepaid credit card, money order, or money pack card and give the scammer the numbers. Once that’s done the money is gone.

Officials say the caller ID from the scammer belongs to a phone company.

UPPCO

Upper Peninsula Power Company is warning its residential and business customers about a phone scam where callers pose as UPPCO representatives.  According to company officials, several customers have recently reported being contacted and informed that they owe money to UPPCO and will have their power turned off unless payment is made immediately with a pre-paid credit card. The power company says it never requires customers to purchase a pre-paid credit card for payment. Customers who are behind on their bills will receive a notice in the mail from UPPCO.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company says it has completed storm restoration efforts.

The utility says customer outages caused by Monday’s storm are considered back in service, but anyone who still doesn’t have power—except for those waiting for their meter equipment to be repaired—should contact UPPCO.

Officials say those living in areas hardest-hit by the storm should be on guard for trees that are leaning or hung up on other trees, as they could fall on power lines.

Residents should report downed lines and any trees that pose a threat to UPPCO. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   UPPCO says fewer than 500 customers remained without power Tuesday night, following Monday’s severe storm and Tuesday’s snowfall.

Around 50 field employees and 50 contractors from other utilities have been working to restore electricity nearly round the clock, but heavy snow hampered efforts to replace a number of utility poles damaged by 70- to 80-mile-per-hour straight-line winds that whipped through Marquette and Iron counties early Monday morning. The majority of the customers without power are in Republic and the greater Ishpeming area. 

UPDATE, 5:30 pm:  As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday an estimated 1,000 UPPCO customers remain without power.

Some of the major areas without power in Marquette County include Republic, Ishpeming, Cooper Lake Road and U.S. 41 west of Ishpeming. There are a handful of customers without power around Iron River.

Officials hope to have power restored to most customers by late Tuesday evening.

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New CEO at UPPCO

Apr 3, 2017

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company has a new chief executive officer. 

James Larsen started his new job Monday. He comes to UPPCO from SEMCO Energy Gas Company in Port Huron, where he served as president.  Larsen held a number of positions in his 17 years at SEMCO before he was appointed president in 2010.

He also spent more than 10 years at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory near Saratoga, New York.

UPPCO serves about 54,000 customers in ten of the U.P.’s 15 counties and owns and operates nine generation facilities.  

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   An accident with a logging truck knocked out electricity to 1,300 residents in Houghton County Monday.  

Around 8:30 a.m. logging equipment hit and broke two utility poles on a major distribution line near Atlantic Mine.  Upper Peninsula Power Company customers from Atlantic Mine to Painesdale lost power, and students from two schools were dismissed early. 

UPPCO completed repairs and restored power by late afternoon.  

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