Upper Peninsula Power Company

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is lowering water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs.

Officials say it’s in anticipation of melting snow and precipitation in the coming spring. Water levels at UPPCO’s Silver Lake and Hoist reservoirs are currently being lowered according to federal rules. The Victoria Dam, Bond Falls, and Lake Gogebic reservoirs will be lowered sometime this month. Prickett Dam reservoir levels will be lowered starting in February.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is now accepting proposals through February 23, 2018, for the annual Bond Falls Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (MEF) grant.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is holding a series of stakeholder forums to seek input on its Integrated Resource Plan. 

An IRP is a process used by a utility to evaluate how it will best serve the future needs of its customers. It uses modeling to consider several resource options to do that.

UPPCO officials say they’re now working to develop and submit an IRP to the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2018. They want the public to provide its opinion.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is collaborating with a group of Michigan Tech students to explore the creation of a solar facility in the area. 

UPPCO Vice President of Business Development and Communications, Brett French, says they’re conducting a feasibility study through the Alternative Energy Enterprise Group under the supervision of Tech faculty advisor Jay Meldrum.

MARQUETTE, MI--   High winds and driving snow created power outages in various areas of the U.P. 

Upper Peninsula Power Company says customers began experiencing outages Tuesday morning when a winter storm barreled through the Keweenaw. That produced wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour in the Western and Central U.P. Approximately 3,200 customers in Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Marquette, Alger and Delta counties were affected throughout the day.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday about 800 customers were still without power in Keweenaw, Houghton and Marquette counties.

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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.

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.

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