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Hydroelectric Generation

We have a long history with hydropower, building the Croton Hydro on the Muskegon River in 1907. Today we operate 13 hydroelectric plants.

  • 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

We operate 13 hydroelectric plants along five rivers that run through our state. Built between 1906 and 1935, our heritage is rooted in these renewable energy sources. Hydro power produces clean, reliable power that we’ve counted on for more than 100 years.


Webber Dam, one of the hydro facilities under consideration at Consumers Energy creates a plan for their 13 dams in Michigan

Join Us as We Prepare for the Future

We are working on a plan for the future of our dams. As we plan, we are holding public meetings, and asking people from the areas around our river hydro plants to attend. Join us, share your thoughts, learn how we’re planning for the future, and how to stay involved. Click the button to find out more.

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Hydro Construction Project Updates


Hardy Pond Drawdown Schedule Change

This year’s annual winter drawdown for Hardy Pond will begin early November 1, 2022 pending FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) approval in preparation for a future auxiliary spillway project. The restoration to normal operating water levels will be by May 26, 2023 (Friday prior to Memorial Day weekend). The future auxiliary spillway project is in the design and engineering phase. Construction dates will be shared when finalized.

Click here to read the letter

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

Lake Allegan Shoreline Use Permit


Consumers Energy is authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue permits for the use and occupancy of project lands and waters. Click the green button to the left to download a permit application for projects including:
  • Boat docks
  • Non-commercial piers, breakwaters, landings or other similar structures and facilities
  • Bank stabilization for erosion control
  • Placement or removal of dredged or fill material from or into project lands or waters
  • Landscape plantings

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