MOTTVILLE, Mich. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) will close the reservoir boat ramp and restrict access to the canoe portage near the Mottville Hydroelectric Plant for maintenance work.
Work will begin on Monday, Sept. 12, and is expected to conclude on or before Oct. 21. During the scheduled maintenance work, I&M asks those traveling or living near the hydroelectric facility to be aware of heavy equipment entering and exiting access areas. I&M also asks the public to stay away from any marked work zones.
I&M owns and operates six hydroelectric plants along the St. Joseph River. The hydroelectric plants, four in southwest Michigan and two in northern Indiana, have been in operation since the early 1900s. Together, the six run-of-river plants generate more than 22 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power 15,000 homes a year.
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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,100 employees serve more than 600,000 customers. More than 80% of its energy delivered in 2021 was emission-free. I&M has at its availability various sources of generation including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, more than 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 35 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,620 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.
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