Black & Veatch to design replacement powerhouse for Wisconsin hydro plant

3 May 2012

The new Twin Falls Powerhouse will be located on the Menominee River across from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The original Twin Falls Powerhouse began operation in 1912. The existing facility uses five generating units to produce 6.1MW of power. The new powerhouse will use two larger turbines that will improve efficiency and reliability and boost the powerhouse capacity to 9MW. The existing facility, which sits on the Michigan side of the Menominee River, will remain in operation while the new powerhouse is built on the Wisconsin side of the waterway.

Construction is planned to begin in the spring of 2014. We Energies’ goal is to have the new powerhouse ready to begin operations during the summer of 2016. We Energies operates 13 hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of 86MW in east central and northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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