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Hydroelectric Generation

  • Alcona Hydro has a capacity of 8,000 kilowatts. It began commercial operation in 1924.
  • Allegan Hydro has a capacity of 2,550 kilowatts. It was built by the city of Allegan and began commercial operation in 1936.
  • Five Channels Hydro has a capacity of 6,000 kilowatts. It was completed in 1912.
  • Foote Hydro has a capacity of 9,000 kilowatts. It was completed in 1918 and is named after our founder. You’ll find the dam nine miles upstream from Lake Huron.
  • Loud Hydro has a capacity of 4,000 kilowatts. It was completed in 1913.
  • Mio Hydro has a capacity of 4,900 kilowatts. It was built between 1914-16 and is our furthest upstream (west) hydro on the Au Sable River.
  • Webber Hydro has a capacity of 3,225 kilowatts. It began commercial operation in 1907.

The Original Renewable Energy, and Still Important to our Clean Energy Plan

Some of our greatest assets are the oldest. That’s certainly true of the 13 hydroelectric plants that we operate along five rivers that run through our state. Built between 1906 and 1935, our heritage is rooted in these renewable energy sources. Hydropower is one of Michigan’s most important homegrown energy sources. It produces clean, reliable power that we’ve been able to count on for more than a century.

Hydro Construction Project Updates


Hardy Pond Drawdown Schedule Change

This year’s annual winter drawdown for Hardy Pond will begin early January, 2021 in preparation for a future auxiliary spillway project. The restoration to normal operating water levels will be by May 28, 2021 (Friday prior to Memorial Day weekend). This schedule change was selected to minimize the impact on recreational activities such as boating and fishing. The future auxiliary spillway project is in the design and engineering phase. Construction dates will be shared when finalized. For additional information, please email us at hydro@cmsenergy.com

Croton Dam Shoreline Project

In order to meet Federal guidelines for managing the property within the Croton Hydroelectric project, a Consumers Energy Employee or authorized contractor will be contacting home and property owners bordering the project. If you will be contacted, you will receive a letter in the mail with additional details.

Click here to read the letter

Click here to see a map of properties that will be contacted

If you have questions, please email us at hydro@cmsenergy.com

Learn More About Hydroelectric Dams


Land Use and Hunting Policy


Consumers Energy Land Use and Hunting Policy

For the safety of fellow Michiganders, visitors and our employees, we administer a land use policy that includes no hunting on Consumers Energy private property. The only exception to this rule is where special provisions apply to our lands which encompass 12,000 acres bordering our Au Sable, Manistee and Muskegon river hydro facilities, where hunting is allowed. Constructing blinds, target shooting, baiting, burning and fire pits are strictly prohibited on all Consumers Energy land. In addition, dirt bikes, snowmobiling, ATVs and other off-road vehicles may not be operated on any company property (except for licensed trails). Those wishing to report illegal activity on Consumers Energy property are asked to call our corporate security department at 800-760-3295. For information on obtaining a lease, license, permit or easement, call our Operations Planning Center at 866-679-4054 or email LandContracts@cmsenergy.com