Electric Department

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The City of Norway's Department of Power and Light houses its Electric Department, and oversees its Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Project, locally known as "the Hydro."
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April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day.   In honor of the City of Norway’s linemen, and in observance of that day, Norway Public Utilities commends and gives thanks to those men and their commitment to providing reliable service and safety to Greater Norway’s households,  businesses, and other essential community places.

Lineworkers play a paramount role in shaping our community, maintaining the standards of living that we too often take for granted, and creating comforts in our homes and workplaces that we would not have without their skills and dedication. 

Our linemen are on call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, year in and year out.  They do more than keep our lights on and restore our power when there is an outage.  They work in severe weather to serve our neighborhoods.  They work in dangerous conditions to keep us safe.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the excellent job that the City’s lineworkers do, mail communications to 915 Main St. Norway, MI 49870

There continues to be a strong demand for highly trained lineworkers.  Learning the trade often involves completing a technical college program, followed by an apprenticeship.  It’s a challenging but rewarding profession that requires significant training, knowledge, attention to detail, and physical stamina.

Each year, Norway Public Utilities awards a $1,000 scholarship, or two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a.) a Wisconsin technical college that offers an Electrical Power Distribution program, b.) a Wisconsin technical college that offers an Electrical Engineering program, or c.) a Wisconsin technical college that offers an Engineering program (priority is allocated in that order).  Use the contact information above to obtain more information.

And this year's winners are.....!

The City is delighted to congratulate both Ms. Samantha Schultz and Mr. Michael Treiber on their awards, issued with the support of WPPI Energy.  Keep up the good work, good luck, and please keep us posted on your progress!
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Joe Pickart, the City of Norway's Utility Superintendent, Samantha Schultz, a 2015 scholarship winner, and Jeff Forbes, WPPI Energy Services Representative.
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Pickart with Michael Treiber, a 2015 scholarship winner as well, and Forbes, who works closely with the City's Electric Department.
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Rachel Conery, 2014's scholarship winner, and subsequently, a seasonal employee of the City's Department of Public Works (DPW). 

NORWAY POWER OUTAGE CONTACTS

During normal business hours, call: 

906-563-9961, extension 200, 201, or 202 (Lisa, Christine, or Jamie, at City Hall).

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After hours, call:

774-6262 (Dickinson County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Let them know you have power through Norway Public Utilities, not WE Energies.

They will dispatch an on-call City of Norway lineman.

ATTN:  Local Businesses!  Are there projects or renovations you've been waiting to carry out?  The biggest bang for your buck is here this season--but only as long as allocated funds last.  Efficiency UNITED is offering Bounty Incentives; these are additional incentives, over and above what is already available, issued by the State of Michigan for commercial entities to save money and decrease electricity consumption through purchase of eligible products that will make your business more energy-efficient, thus, less costly to power over time.  Contact our local representative, Jeff Forbes, at 715-495-7604 or jforbes@wppienergy.org, for more information on how the program works, how it can benefit your business, and how to get started.
Rebate Off Your Bill 2017

TAKE ADVANTAGE!
Efficiency UNITED is offering customers of the City of Norway's Department of Power & Light opportunities to decrease the electricity charges on your utility bill while improving your home’s--and your business's--energy efficiency.  The more energy-efficient your building, the less it costs to power in the long run.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To participate in this year's Rebate Off Your Bill program, please follow these easy steps:
1.  Save your receipt from the ENERGY STAR®
purchase.  (Eligible items may be purchased at any location.)
2.  Save proof of the item having ENERGY STAR qualifications. 
(Example:  A product label or description.)
3.  Bring both items to Norway City Hall at 915 Main Street, or the Department of Power & Light at 1000 Saginaw Street.

2017'S ELIGIBLE ENERGY STAR ITEMS; THIS LISTING APPLIES ONLY TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

*Eligible items and rebate amounts are subject to change; this listing is accurate only until February or March of 2016.  New listings are posted as they become available.   


LED bulbs, 40W-60W - $2.00
LED bulbs, 65W - $3.00
LED bulbs, - 100W - $5.00
LED fixtures; $8.00
Ceiling fan including Energy Star light kit; $10.00
Clothes washers, MEF 2.2 - Electric WH, Gas OR Electric Dryer; $25.00
Clothes dryers; $25.00
Dehumidifiers; $15.00
Dishwashers, Electric Water Heater; $25.00
Room air conditioner; $25.00
  6.0 Television, 41" or larger; $25.00

See the eligible commercial items.

Efficiency UNITED also offers rebates through their Home Performance and Appliance Recycling programs.  Ask our local representative, Jeff Forbes, for more information on these; 715-495-7604, or jforbes@wppienergy.org.  
Did you know…?

Most energy used by residents of Norway and surrounding areas is generated right here in Norway.  Better yet, we produce the energy without fossil fuels.  Through a process that is environmentally responsible, Norway’s energy comes from one of the most natural resources there is; the power of water. 

The project done on the Sturgeon Falls Hydro Dam from 2006 to 2012 is already making good on its returns.  At its peak, the Hydro produces more power in a month than is used by Greater Norway.

What does it mean?  For the City, less reliance on outside energy sources.  For you, lower cost for the energy your household needs.  Simply put, Norway’s hydropower is one of the most beneficial aspects of our community.  That’s something we can be proud of.

Norway Public Utilities is green, going strong, and getting better all the time.  The efforts and investments we’ve made are bringing positive and profitable results right back to the City of Norway.  And while they set a great example for other localities, we’re achieving our goals with one municipality in mind…  

our very own.

History of our Hydro

In 1904 the Penn Iron Mining Company began to investigate the possibility of developing a means to utilize water power at Sturgeon Falls, planning to transmit power by means of compressed air or electricity to operate the mine at Vulcan, MI, located about 3 miles from Sturgeon Falls.  The company decided that a hydroelectric facility would provide the greatest economic benefit and began construction in 1905.

A dam and powerhouse were constructed in 1906 and the first power was used in the mines in April 1907.  All of the machinery at the Penn mines, with the exception of two hoists, was operated by electrical power.  In 1947 Penn sold the Sturgeon Falls plant to the City of Norway.

Today, Sturgeon Falls Hydro continues to provide reliable electric power to the City of Norway and the surrounding area.  The average power output is approximately 2.3 Megawatts.  For several months in the spring, the Hydro produces its maximum output of 5 Megawatts of power, with a water flow of 13,200 Cubic feet per second.  The Hydro produces approximately 2/3 of Norway's power needs, the City purchasing the rest from WPPI.

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Headed to the Hydro; this is how you know you're almost there.
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Water pours from the Hydro's spillway.
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The fast, forceful movement of the water is energy in motion.  The Hydro helps to create, and to harness, this energy, which is then transformed into the power we use to keep our lights on.
Working Parts
This is inside the Hydro, and is another huge part of how our electrical power is produced; the wheel, which is the main component of what we call a generator, spins faster than most of us can imagine, and converts its mechanical energy into electrical energy.  Photo by Joe Pickart.
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After the water has done its job here, it flows out into the river, back to business as usual--at least until it reaches the next hydro dam.  Ours is one of several in the area; the multiple hydro facilities work together, coordinating their actions with water levels and timing, to keep the our rivers running smoothly and our lands and residents safe.
Construction
And of course, the Hydro must be kept in proper working order.  This photo, by Joe Pickart, was taken during construction on the plant.
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This fawn had its hoof stuck between rocks underwater, at the Hydro; our guys helped the pretty little thing get free again.
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The substation, where that electricity which we do not generate ourselves comes into our system, and is then distributed to our homes, businesses, and other community places.  This is also where any surplus electricity (or that electricity which goes unused by our residents) goes back to the grid, for other communities to use.
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One of the transformers at the substation.  The sticker you see shows that Envirotemp FR3 Fluid, a product by TM, is used in the transformer.  This product is a safe alternative to traditional fluids used in transformers. 
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A closer look at the sticker, on an older transformer that's no longer in use.
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City of Norway Department of Power and Light
P.O. Box 99 / 1000 Saginaw
Norway, MI 49870-0099
 
                 Our hydro is our power.