The company has extended the deadline for comments on the plans by a month to 21 May. Draft plans for the schemes have been issued and public presentations scheduled for early April.

UPPCO proposes to sell some non-project use lands related to five hydro plants – Bond falls, Cataract, Escanaba, Au Train and Prickett. The company aims to use the funds to benefit shareholders, ratepayers and ensure new economic uses of the lands in ways consistent with its licence conditions.

UPPCO said the draft plans were developed using data from environmental studies and feedback from the public and focus groups plus government agencies. The company consulted on various ways the plans could be developed to promote the management of multiple resources and uses of the project shorelines.

Comments on the plans will become part of the approval process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In December 2005, the company sold land surrounding the Cataract and some of the Escanaba hydro projects that lay outside FERC licence control boundaries.