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The Future of Hydroelectric in Michigan

Map of the 13 hydroelectric dams owned by Consumers Energy

A Responsible Path for the Future

In Michigan, we love the water. We know how important our river hydro plants, and the reservoirs they create, are to the people living near them. People enjoy living, working and playing on the water and in the communities that have grown up near our 13 dams. But in the next 10 years, some of our hydro operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will expire. As we plan for a future of reliable, affordable clean energy we will take part in a multi-year review of all our hydroelectric plants.


Planning for the Future of River Hydro Communities


Locally Led Planning Groups

We need to continue talking about the future of our hydro plants. So we’ve developed eight local stakeholder groups. Each group will develop priorities for two scenarios. One if the dam is relicensed. A second plan if Consumers Energy exits the hydro business.

This will continue the conversations we’ve had through local meetings and surveys over the past few years. Each group was created by community-based organizations. We will collaborate with them to promote local prosperity and honor our long-term commitment to the communities around our river- based dams.

These groups began meeting in early 2024. They are likely to continue meeting through relicensing or exiting.

2024 First Quarter Updates


Community Meetings Recap

We would like to thank the thousands of community members, organizations, and municipal leaders who met with us at our community sessions. We listened and we heard clearly that that the reservoirs created by our dams are critically important to the residents that live there and the communities’ overall well-being. We are carefully considering the feedback that was shared with our team during those meetings.

Request for Proposals

As we continue to evaluate the future of the dams and consider all options to safely maintain the dam reservoirs, we are issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to explore the possibility of selling our 13 hydroelectric facilities. Selling the facilities is only one of many options for the future of our hydro facilities that remain in consideration. Proposals from interested participants were due on March 15, with selected participants moving through a two-stage evaluation and bidding process that should finish by the end of 2024.

RFP Instructions can be found here.

Economic Impact Studies

Consumers Energy engaged Public Sector Consultants to analyze the impacts of partial or full removal of dams on the economies surrounding its 13 river hydroelectric facilities. This work complements PSC’s ongoing efforts to assist Consumers in collecting feedback from individuals, organizations, and businesses that would be affected by dam decommissioning. The previous dam studies examined how the dams currently affect the economies of the areas in which they are situated. These economic impact studies project the potential shifts in property values and the local economy within a year of partial or full dam removal under the assumptions outlined in the reports’ methodology section.

A Review of Current Hydro Operations


  • A detailed review of our 13 river hydro plants will help us choose the best path forward.

    For each plant there are several potential results. It could lead to a renewal of our operating license for 30 more years. It could also lead to replacing or removal of the plant. A transfer of ownership is another possibility. During each review we will be looking at the following:


  • Safety

    We will inspect the safety of each plant. We will also review the condition of the plant. On top of that we will review what could happen to people living downstream if a dam fails.


  • Complying with Regulations

    We will evaluate the cost and feasibility of operating each plant safely, while meeting state and federal regulations.


  • Community

    We will explore how each hydro plant and reservoir has affected the community and the areas around it. We will also explore how potential changes to the hydro plant could affect the community.


  • Cost of Operation

    We will explore expected future spending for operating each plant. We will also add up the electricity we expect each plant to generate.


  • Environment

    We will explore the impact of each plant on the environment. We will look at sediments, fish and other animals, invasive species, and other ways the plant affects the environment.


  • Recreation

    We will review the impact of each hydro plant on local recreation.


Federal and State Oversight


Everyone that is involved in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing process is acutely aware of how final decisions will impact river hydro communities. We are committed to holding intentional interactions with all regulatory stakeholders in this process, including the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to advocate for the most positive outcomes for customers and other residents in these valued river hydro communities. 

Questions About Hydro Planning