We have a long history with hydropower, building the Croton Hydro on the Muskegon River in 1907. Today we operate 13 hydroelectric plants.
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.
We are working on a plan for the future of our dams. We held public meetings and asked people from the areas around our river hydro plants to attend and share their thoughts. To learn how we’re planning for the future, and see the presentations from each meeting, click the button.
Hydro Construction Project Updates
This year’s annual winter drawdown for Hardy Pond will begin early November 1, 2022 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.
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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.
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Lake Allegan Shoreline Use Permit
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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