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Major rain in UP boosts hydro power for utility

Associated Press

Marquette – Water and electricity don’t always mix. But a utility in the Upper Peninsula says it has benefited from significant rain in September.

Upper Peninsula Power says the extra rain has allowed it to increase production at hydroelectric sites. The company says it produced 70 percent more energy, based on a 10-year average. Vice president Brett French says it will help lower bills for customers.

French says it could be a “banner year” for hydro power.

Upper Peninsula Power operates seven hydroelectric dams on the Dead, Escanaba, Ontonagon and Sturgeon rivers. The utility serves 52,000 customers in 10 northern Michigan counties.