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MARQUETTE, MI--   Approximately 6,000 UPPCO customers were without power in Marquette, Alger, Delta, Houghton and Keweenaw counties Tuesday morning due to adverse weather conditions. 

Hardest hit areas include Gwinn, Au Train and Calumet as well as Hancock and K.I. Sawyer.

UPPCO crews and employees in various company offices are currently working to address outages as they occur, and has made arrangements to use contracted resources to expedite restoration efforts wherever possible.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is asking the Michigan Public Service Commission to let it read meters the way it usually does. 

UPPCO currently reads customer meters on a bi-monthly basis. During the off months, the company estimates energy usage. It has filed a request with the MPSC seeking to extend the practice.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company crews have returned from Florida.

Eight linemen and a supervisor were deployed to Tampa where they assisted TECO Energy in cleanup from Hurricane Irma. Officials say as efforts were wrapping up near Tampa another electric company requested UPPCO’s assistance further south near Fort Meyers. The crews helped restore power to residents for another week before returning to the U.P.

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TAMPA, FL--   Crews from Upper Peninsula Power Company are on their way to Florida to assist in power restoration efforts after Hurricane Irma caused widespread outages. 

Tuesday morning utility workers left the U.P. and headed toward Tampa. They’ll be joined by line technicians and supporting staff from across the country.

UPPCO Vice President Brett French says U.P. customers won’t be impacted by the crews’ departure. He says they have sufficient resources remaining to respond to inclement weather or other events that may affect power delivery.

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.

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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. 

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